The August challenge over at Red String Paper Cuts was to write an ode to future or long term goals. When proposing the challenge, site co-founder Jessie Gutierrez acknowledges that there is a disconnect between the standard content of an ode and something that hasn’t happened yet. I decided to write the ode about the future in general and good fortune we have to be able to wake up each day. The ink sketch is of a real bird that keeps visiting my father’s bird feeder. She is one tough house finch – one eye and one foot are severely damaged, but she returns each day and is quite active. Poem (read the whole thing here!), drawing, and composition by me – have a great weekend!