Yesterday morning at a local park, I was enjoying sun and our midwestern profusion of blossoms and greens. 

I found a quiet spot where I could sit quietly by some wetlands. 

A large, light grey, very long-necked bird was on the far side of the water.

I was struck by its sheer size. After a while it took flight and seemed even larger, with that little crimp in its neck and broad wingspan.

After it left, the glassy, calm water remained, as if untouched.

But I was not.


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