I found a grackle feather the other day.
I stepped out of the restaurant because I was feeling ornery and irascible and there it was lying on the ground all black and smooth. I think the vane was pointing at me, but I don’t remember. It was intriguing though–black with a subtle brilliance; smooth barbs, subtle glossy shading. I picked it up and put it in my car.
I didn’t realize it was a grackle feather until I got home and looked it up. a 5-inch tail feather from a female grackle. It was a wise omen. My energies are too scattered and I am very frustrated. I feel like I am awkwardly spinning plates.