A Bird in the Hand

A Bird in the Hand


Photo by Jason Enlow

Sunday Morning.
Time Change.
Clocks spring ahead.
Skiing at Stoneham had been the plan.
The mind was willing but the alarm was weak, so we slept in instead.

Spring is on its way.
The icy spell of the frost queen has been broken.
So much to do around the house, but the dust bunnies and dish demons can wait.
A bright sun beckons and we rush to follow its chariot course.
Kids are dragged from their electronic induced boredom.

Snowshoeing at la Base de plein air de Sainte-Foy.
So simple, so efficient, but the trails are all closed.
Snow is melting.
A hike around the lake it will be.
Just us, the snow and the birds.

A bird feeder,
brimming with sunflower seeds.
Black-capped chickadees alight onto our outstretched hands.
Nervous claws tickle as they snatch quickly and escape with flutter.
How simple it is to want to feed a bird.

Woodpecker arrives.
He is only interested in living up to his name.
With twitching tail, squirrel considers and waits.
White birch stands in white snow.
It’s calming to have escaped the salt streaked asphalt and the multiplying mini-malls.

Our walk continues.
I can see the industrial buildings and the train cars.
They are hiding beyond a veil of trees that have been robbed of their leaves.
They are silent.
They do not wish to interrupt, not today.

Reality beckons, and is then suspended.
An unlikely tunnel of convoluted conifers,
Their brittle boughs arched up and over.
More birds wait to be fed.
Their only wish is to fly.

Five hundred and forty beats per minute.
That’s how often their heart beats.
Amazing when you stop,
and think.
I’m glad we did.

Photo by Jason Enlow

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Jason Enlow

Jason Enlow is a Special Education Technician at an English elementary school. He was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Burlington, Ontario. Jason studied Radio and Television at Ryerson University in Toronto. His previous employers include CityTV, CBC, The Weather Network, and Global Television. He’s worked as a DJ, camera operator, musician, teacher, translator and video game content designer. Jason moved to Quebec City in 1997 where he still lives today with his wife and three sons.