Waiting for Wings

She stood at the very edge of the escarpment, at that point where her heels were still on the top of the hill but her toes were dangling off the edge, hovering in the air.

It was a long way down.  

She closed her eyes and stretched out her arms, imagining that they were covered in feathers, and with one leap could catch an updraft and fly off to…well, anywhere she wanted to go.  Just like in the story where the chieftain’s son had grown wings so he could fly to the sun and save his sister from the god who wanted to marry her.

With a desperate sigh, she took a few steps back.  One day she knew that dream would see her falling off the edge and tumbling into nothingness.

But it wasn’t today.  She hadn’t learned to fly yet.

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21 thoughts on “Waiting for Wings

  1. Hey Sammi,

    I can almost feel the pull of the wide open yonder stretching away from the edge of the escapement….I want to step off the edge…it’s the only way to know if wings are feathered for flight or feathered for a fool to fall. One step is all it’ll take….perhaps it is her anticipation that stops her from leaping into the void and flying away to the Sun? When will she take that next step I wonder?

    Another thoughtful and thought-provoking post that reads like a dream unfolding. Thank you for sharing your character’s fledgling experience. I hope she will chance that first flight and sail to soar forevermore.

    Enjoy your evening Sammi, rain free I hope at least for a while anyway. Take care.

    Namaste 🙂

    DN

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    • Hey Dewin,

      Thank you (again) for reading and commenting 🙂

      “feathered for flight or feathered for a fool to fall” – love that 🙂

      I think she knows she’s not ready to leap yet, and that is what keeps her firmly grounded. It’s almost the moral to the story. Don’t rush to do something just because you want to do it, or do it without thinking on impulse; wait until you’re ready, until you’ve learned everything you need to do to do it right; until your fully prepared for it – or at least as prepared as you can be. As you rightly say, there’s only one test in the end, taking that first step, but in this case at least, she knows it’s not yet time for her to do it…and I think that makes her strong. As I’m writing this, I am really starting to like this character. I have a feeling she might be around for a while…

      Enjoy your evening too 🙂

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      • Hey Sammi,

        You are welcome, another piece of writing enjoyed, thank you 🙂

        I can accept and appreciate her reluctance and thirst for knowledge and wisdom, but I also sincerely hope her sense of grounding will never have her miss out on a opportunity by waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for the ‘right’ day to come along when she dare take that first leap of faith and step of the edge of the perilous ledge into the unknown. Fortune favours the brave, or so they say.

        How does she know it is not time for her to fly? What thoughts prevail to deny her the freedom of the skies that she desires? What certainty does she seek before deciding she knows enough? How will she know when the time is right, what will be the determining factor that persuades her she is ready?

        I admire her character and strength of resolve and shall look forward to reading of her progress as she journeys to convince herself it is now time to fly 🙂

        I imagine you will enjoy writing for her character and plotting her path towards lift-off!

        Thanks for the reply and further thoughtful observations and perspectives.

        Take care Sammi C. Happy dreams of flying 🙂

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      • P.S: I just came across this Astrological summation for Friday 19th May and thought it associated well with your post 🙂

        ‘Today, Venus opposes Jupiter ahead of the Sun entering Gemini this weekend. It presents us with an interesting balancing act between head and heart. On one hand, we’re being encouraged to explore our emotional desires and encourage our feelings to develop. At the same time, matters of the mind will demand our attention. But these bedfellows don’t have to be strange. They needn’t work at a tangent or cross-purposes. In fact, it’s through skilfully articulating emotion that our greatest opportunities now present themselves.’

        (https://www.cainer.com/daily-horoscope/)

        Interesting stuff uh?

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      • Good Morning, Dewin! I hope Friday finds you well? Thanks for sharing this; it does tie-in with the story, almost uncannily. A nice little bit of synchronicity to start the day 🙂 Very interesting stuff 🙂

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      • Hey Sammi,

        Welcome to Friday evening and the start of the weekend proper…it seems there is a little dry weather and sunshine rolling in for a couple of days. No doubt you’ll be out and about enjoying it 🙂

        Happy to hear you found words of interest to ponder within the text. Synchronicity indeed 🙂

        Have a wonderful weekend.

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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  2. Very emotional piece, I really felt like I was there experiencing it with her. The description of her toes over the edge and the wide open sky beckoning her gave me a thrill – and a fear of heights, or rather, a fear of jumping. I’m not sure how to read her thoughts about learning to fly though, because I can’t tell whether she’s in a fantasy world where flying is a real possibility, or if she’s in the real world, where she means just to jump — or perhaps something in between, like parasailing.

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  3. Hmmm? lol 🙂 There’s no time to stand about laughing when there’s some serious flying needs to be done. Now then, chop chop let’s be seeing that first foot go over the edge 🙂 lol

    Namaste 🙂

    DN

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      • I think it depends on the occasion. Sometimes it’s better to just get a thing over with. Other times you need to be patient and not rush (I am guilty of rushing head long into things, usually new projects and stories without wondering if it’s the right thing to do at that moment). So what am I waiting for? A sign. Always a sign lol 🙂

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      • Hey Sammi 🙂

        Have you an important decision to make? What might that be???? lol 😉

        What sign would you like to see? How will you know it is the right sign and not simply just a false impression? lol

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      • Hey Dewin,

        I couldn’t possibly say lol. It’s a bit like keeping wishes to yourself once you’ve blown the candles out on a birthday cake so that they will come true.

        And as to the right sign I can’t say what that would be either because then the powers-that-be or the tricksie fae will know what I’m looking for. Then they might change the signs just to confuse me…lol

        Hope your having a bright and blessed day 🙂

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      • Hey Sammi,

        I like the sweetness in you 🙂

        However, I think you are deliberately procrastinating and trying to justify a decision not to act, and I just cannot understand why 🙂 I want you to have conclusion to the dilemma and rid yourself of confusion and doubt lol 🙂 I also want to hear all your secrets and so say all of us! Bwahahahaha! 🙂

        My day has been blessed as I hope has your day also 🙂

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      • Why thank you, kind sir 🙂 You say sweetness where others, I’m sure, would say childishness or even strangeness lol

        Oh! You know me so well! Lol I am terrible. I do procrastinate and over think things. I also like to come up with reasons that will allow me to stay where I am rather than moving forward with things. The fear of the unknown and the unexpected slows my footsteps…perhaps I should just close my eyes and step off the ridge. Whatever will be, will be…

        You want to hear all my secrets? Gosh, that would take a long time…hahaha

        My day has too been blessed. Unfortunately no time for writing though…

        On a side note, I saw a drawing of Merlin today on Facebook and it made me think of you and your epic poetry 🙂

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      • It is my pleasure Lady Sammi 🙂 I say sweetness because you have that wonderful quality about you.

        I knew it! I knew you were a procrastinator, yet my mind recalls mention of you always rushing, always busy. So what I am now thinking is that actually you are busy finding ways to procrastinate, which surely takes more energy than engaging with whatever it is that needs engagement. I shouldn’t be so sanctimonious when I myself have only just started to enjoy the writing and yet persistently delay to muse lol 🙂 I Love to dream!

        Why would fear of the unknown make you close your eyes? Were you born with your eyes open or closed? If open, why didn’t you have fear then?

        Yes Sammi, ALL your secrets. I have time to listen – how long is that list of yours?! – or else you can share in instalments 🙂

        Pleased to hear you’ve had a good day despite missing out on getting any writing done. What mischief did you get up that can be shared here? lol 🙂 If it is any consolation, I too have not done any writing per se but have used an inkwell’s worth of ink in comments. Great fun 😀

        Aww, thank you for thinking of me (so sweet 🙂 ) and Merlin, or maybe that should be Merlin and I 🙂 Either way, thank you, it feels heroic (typecast again!) somehow to be linked to the word epic lol 🙂 Thank you. It is a timely reminder that I must keep pressing on with the Merlin poem whilst I enjoy engaging across WP 🙂

        The evening has just started, 5:32pm meaning that there is still time to party like its the weekend before lights out later on. What plans have you Sammi for your evening?

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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      • Well, thank you again, kind Sir. 🙂

        Something’s I can just do. Others “require” much thought before action. Lol. Yes, it’s exhausting.
        But dreaming is always a joy. One of my favourite quotes is Edgar Allan Poe’s, “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only by night”. 🙂

        Lol. You’re so funny.

        If I e told you once, I’ve told you many times…I can’t divulge my mischievous escapades lol

        My evening shall be one of calm relaxation. Maybe I shall scribble a line or two. Maybe I shall submit a couple of poems to a few venues…as long as it’s peaceful I shall enjoy it 🙂. And what plans do you have?

        Brightest Blessings ✨

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      • That’s my pleasure Lady Sammi 🙂

        I adore that Poe quote! I’ve snuffled it away for daily reading 🙂 ‘Born to dream’ is it little wonder you feel the press to write so intensely with heroines so strong and able 🙂

        Glad I made you smile! 🙂 But still it was a serious question, one you’ll have to ask your mam about unless of course you actually remember? 🙂

        Your evening sounds a delight, perfect for a Bank Holiday. Mention of writing poems for peaceful venues intrigues me 😉 As for my evening, I have a few lines left to write for a venue and then who knows what I may do: perhaps an early night, but I doubt it. I’ll probably be on WP for a while else dreaming 😉

        Enjoy your relaxing evening. Hugs for the grimalkins. Take care of y’all 🙂

        Namaste 🙂

        DN

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