Sitting alone outside of his house one day a boy was chanced upon by a small crow who came jerking by in a nonchalant manner.
"Hello," said the crow.
"Hello," the boy echoed, "what are you?"
"I am a crow."
"You are very quiet, why do you not caw like the other birds?"
"I am not like the other birds."
"But you look the same. Your feathers have the same shine, and your beak has the same shape."
"I am not the same. I am different," the crow said in a smooth voice.
"I know many things other birds do not. They know nothing."
"They are caged, just like you."
"But I don't live in a cage."
"Not a physical one."
"I don't feel like I'm in a cage."
"That's because you've never been outside of it."
"What is outside of it?"
"There are many things."
"Freedom. Love. Death. Life."
"But I am alive."
"Yes, I breathe. I bleed."
"Do you fly?"
"I haven't any wings. I can't fly."
"Have you tried?"
"Impossibilities are whispers, you can fly."
The brilliance of the sky startled the boys eyes.
"Wow, is this what's outside of the cage?"
"Yes, but you cannot have it without paying the price."
"What is it?" the boy said, his eyes filled with new found wonders.
"You must give me what you hold most dear to your heart."
"For this, I would give anything."
"Then you want it?"
"Hello," the young boy echoed.
"What are you?"
"I am a boy."
"Why do you not run and play like the other boys?"
"I am different."
"Your face looks the same, your eyes have the same shape."
"I am not the same. I am different."
"I know many things other boys do not. They know nothing."
Bret Hanson wrote this in January of 1995 and now understands its meaning. He is a printmaker (you can see his handsome prints above), artist, designer, and musician who builds instruments out of reclaimed materials and creates music that tells a story. You can see more about him at www.hansonmusicworks.com.
He also wrote and performed the music for Numinous + Voluminous based on a song story he wrote about meeting the author (Ane) called "Accidental Magic" which you can listen to his recording of below with the accompanying music video.
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