I actually saw it happen. A bird falling from the roof of a building.
The bird let out a little cry as it dropped—one story, two—then, just
as if it had hit something solid in the air, it bounced into flight.
Hardly back on the roof, it was falling again, and falling, letting out
that cry. But were the falls failed attempts at flight? The bird seemed
to be throwing itself off the roof—falling on purpose. Out of the plunge
perfected, flight pushed up as necessity. There was thrust behind
it—the fear of falling. And with each practice fall, the cry lasted
longer until the cry became a run of notes, a flutter along the
avifaunal scale. Out of the fall, the cry shivered up and down, the
natural embodiment of thrill. Suddenly, I understood. The bird wasn’t
practicing flight. It knew how to fly. The bird was teaching itself how
to sing. -Susan Mitchell, "Notes Towards a History of Scaffolding" Images: 1st image: found 2nd image: Front and back of a page from Aram Saroyan’s Pages 3rd image: Blake Ogden, Bird and the moon 4th image: found 5th image: Etienne-Jules Marey, Analysis of the Flight of a Seagull, 1887 6th image: found Title: Nod to Fatos Arapi, Sultan Murat and the Albanian