The Blackbird


When it catches sight of its reflection in the window, the blackbird defends its territory against an intruder that it doesn’t recognize, and the struggle triggers a curious dance. This particular bird appeared at my window in December 2018, and came back to face its rival for more than a month. As legend has it, the blackbird visits the occupants of a house to let them know that a family member is about to leave this world.
My mother passed away on Mars 9, 2019.