Response to the Archive: Spark Feather by Sarah Sills


Sarah Sills
Spark Feather (pen and ink, watercolor, Photoshop collage)
Responding to Kalsoom Saleem’s Spark Bird
Instagram: @sarah_sills

I was immediately drawn to Kalsoom Saleem’s story, “My Spark Bird,” and connected with the pleasure of spying the cardinal’s red against the white snow in the “deserted grey, white and black landscape” of winter. This brought to mind the many simple pleasures I’ve found during these dark times:

stolid trees, quiet lakes, distant mountains
the intricacies of a feather
simmering mushroom barley soup
my parrot’s kooky laugh
a beauty heart radish
cherishing my beloveds
bridges…

How I will welcome the day when we can all fling our arms wide open and embrace each other again.

[Brooklyn, New York]

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