Friday, May 30, 2008

I know why the crackhead bird sings

"Crackhead bird?" you might ask. "Yes," I respond, "crackhead bird." Those who know about SE DC know that bird could have quite possibly have gotten a hold of something it should not have eaten...i.e. crack. I can tell you that even in birds - crack is wack. How do I know this? Because of the bird who insisted on singing to me and my neighbors beginning around midnight. Not just last night, but every night this past week. Most birds start their song in the a.m., like daylight a.m. This I don't have a problem with - it's nice in the morning. But midnight!! This bird has some issues! I was really annoyed because it was hot and those who know me know that I do not turn on air condition until July 1 - so my windows have been open. Last night, however, he was extremely vocal. I mean every different bird chirp you could think of, this bird chirped. Every bird song a bird could possibly sing, this bird sang. After about thirty minutes of this though, I couldn't help but laugh. Then slowly, that laughter became thoughts about this bird and what I could learn from it.

Why does the crackhead bird sing? Quite simply, because it has a song. Not just a song, but the song only that bird can sing. Even though that bird seemed to be in a jacked up situation (mainly from whatever caused it to sing all night rather than during the day - my theory - crack), it was still singing. The depth to this is no matter how low we are or how low we may be feeling, we still have a song in our heart. Even when our days are dark and dreary and we really don't seem to have mornings, we still have a song. Even if you are in a midnight time in your life - sing your song. Even if the the other birds aren't singing - sing your song. Even if your circumstances say you shouldn't be singing - sing your song.

I started tearing up a little when I wrote this because I can relate to that bird - NOT the crack aspect. : ) Lately, I have found myself randomly singing, which over the last few months has been nonexistent. Like, today I was making a lot of copies at like 4:20 (I am supposed to leave work at 4:30), but I found myself happily singing. I am not exactly in my "joy cometh in the morning" stage of life, but I know God put a song in my heart so that I can continue to thrive, no matter what! That's exciting! Even when we are in midnight stages - still trying to figure out who we are, what our call in life is, what we are supposed to be spending our time doing, how we can juggle everything we need to, what the economy crunch means in our life, [fill in your own personal blank]...God still gives us a song.
I encourage you to find it. And SING!


Dudley B Sharp said...

Keep singing, my sister. We will never be in a place free from all pain, worry, or discontent UNTIl we meet the Almighty face to face - until then, keep singing, loud and proud - long and strong. Keep singing until the World around you knows that He can turn your mourning into dancing Keep singing until the crackbird wonders about your sanity.

lyrical mistress said...

wow, that was encouraging.

in the last day or so, i found myself thinking on another bird, "mumble" from the movie "happy feet." i was feeling like i couldn't find my heart song because as i talked about picking a graduate program, people would say things like, "well, it's good to be clear..." and "well don't forget what matters to you..."

i know these are supportive people, but i found myself thinking, "i'm not calm about not knowing and i don't know how to figure out what i should be studying." i suppose it'll make sense in a melodious midnight moment. but until then, i am going to keep after what i do know:

life is coming...and it's good :) and it gets even better when shared with others.


Chanelle said...

love it, love it.. and it is true.. if we keep singing, that joy does come up somewhere. I was sitting around the other day, sulking (at something), and then I put in a CD and started singing my heart out.. I didn't care who heard.. and it really was all better... CRAZY!!! Anyway, thanks for this post, it was great!

And maybe we need to capture that bird and put it in rehab.. (smile)

Delisha said...

Okay, the title of this post alone was enough to make me want to read it :-)! The content was just what I needed. As you very well know, I am very much in need of a few songs :-). The fact that you have found yourself randomly singing after months on hiatus leaves me inspired! Keep writing!!

Lauren said...

hey hope your toe feels better soon, and you are no longer wearing longsleeves in this weather. :)
love ya, L