I’d Rather Be a Sparrow than a Snail

A bird in a tree home

A bird in a tree home

I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail
Yes, I would
If I could
I’d surely would.
I’d rather be a hammer than a nail
Yes, I would
If I could
I’d surely would.
Away, I‘d like to sail away
Like a swan
That’s here and gone
A man gets tied up to the ground
He gives the world

Its saddest sound, its saddest sound.
I’d rather be a forest than a street
Yes, I would
If I could
I’d surely would.
I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet
Yes, I would
If I could
I’d surely would.

[By: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel]

This song came to mind a couple of days ago, and I looked up its lyrics. Imagine my astonishment when I realized a strong connection between this beautiful expression by two of my favorite bards, and “Humbling and Humility.”

Without ever meaning to do so, I think this book lived true to their words: “A man gets tied up to the ground; He gives the world its saddest sound, its saddest sound.” Besides, even the pictures on the book’s covers reflect a simple message in the song; a sparrow and a snail, a bird and its prey – I have a nectar-sipping butterfly, hoping to scare away its predators, and an observant bird, perched on a tree branch. And, as a book reviewer put it, the narrative can be called a sad chronicle …

Just random thoughts on Mothers Day 🙂

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About Rian Nejar

Rian Nejar is an Indian-American author. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90's. After a Master’s degree in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility (http://goo.gl/FKUnCM) is his first mainstream nonfiction. He lives and writes in the Southwest United States.
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