Defiant Beauty

January 11, 2013

Defiant BeautyI filled my lungs to capacity, breathing in the air that hinted of clover and pine. There are some days that inhaling deeply of something refreshing feels like taking in life itself.

There’s a magic in it that can take you from an emotional pit to someplace wonderful, and even on an already good day to somewhere transcendent.

As I stared up at the sky I remembered the one and only time as a boy I’d flown a kite. I wasn’t able to keep it up for very long in the unpredictable wind, but for a brief minute it danced in the current with a beauty I couldn’t appreciate then. Looking back on it now it strikes me as a caricature of sorts of a playful being holding defiant against gravity and convention but without any malice. In a way I suppose it embodies the playfulness of childhood — joy without pretense.

As I slowly exhaled I realized I’d been holding my breath. Maybe I was afraid to let that beauty free, but it lingered. Here, in this moment, nothing could touch me. It was a good day to be alive.

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10 Responses to Defiant Beauty

  1. Rebecca T. Dickson on January 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    “joy without pretense.” How perfect. Well done.

    • Brian Watkins on January 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks! :-)

    • Kim Jorgensen Gane on February 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Agree. Really lovely.

  2. Karen Winters on January 12, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Beautiful imagine of a glourious day! Nice Brian!

    • Brian Watkins on January 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks – it was fun to try to put that feeling into words!

  3. Marty Watkins on January 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Damn boy,
    You really can put the reader in your world when you write.
    You should be writing books.
    I was there with you, breathing in the fresh clean air and watching you fly that kite, if only for a brief minute, it was fun
    Thank you

    • Brian Watkins on January 13, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Thanks! That’s the plan. The area where I have had more trouble is in creating a solid plot to drive everything else, but it’s a worth challenge I look forward to mastering.

    • Brian Watkins on January 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      And I’m glad to have taken you along for that journey! :-)

  4. Colline on January 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Reading your words, I imagine you lying among the grasses in thought. Enjoyed reading this moment of beauty.

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