Birds, Birds, Birds

Birds, Birds, Birds

Bella’s version of Song of the Swallows:

“Birds, birds, birds. I like all the birds.

Birds, birds, birds. I like to see birds.

Birds, birds, birds, I wish I could see birds.

Birds, birds, birds, I wish I could see birds.

Birds, birds, birds, I wish I could see birds.

Birds, birds, birds, I wish I could see birds.

Birds, birds, birds, I like to see birds.

Birds, birds, birds, see all the birds.”

Each line is said on a different page. As if she was reading that page.

There’s a poetic quality to the repetition of the refrain with a slight change in the verse on each page.

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  • Wonderful reflections on the finale! I agree with you: emotionally satisfying but not intellectually satisfying. There were so many questions still left unanswered. But I’m OK with that. I am overall very pleased with how it ended, even though the theories and questions remain. I think that’s appropriate for a show called LOST, and it is also appropriate for real life …

  • Our household dug it too.  We were worried after the Jacob backstory episode.  It seemed they still multiplied the questions (so WHO are these two guys? Who was she? Can they leave or not? etc)
    I have to say though, Desmond’s comments as they went to the cave during the final episode helped shape expectations.  He said something like, “Whatever happens here, it is all going to be ok. We are going to get to be with the ones we love.”  That seemed to loosen me up to not being so focused on the “untidy” loose ends (like the whole physics/electromagnetic properties of the island mystery).
    As the “purga-story” unfolded, the sense that this was “right” deepened, as you saw the characters “wake up” through each other.  Actually it was exciting, for a while there I kept thinking that it echoed a little of our mandate to evangelize each other. 

    It makes sense that the details should no longer matter once you realize where they are.  The story is now so far in the future, now so much more beyond, that those things seem so little, because they are little. 

    For the people that are angry,  I am wondering what they expected from a show that had so many “theoretical” situations (wrecked on an island, a person must push this button OR this will happen, give yourself up or we will shoot your daughter,  the show seemed replete with what would you do if…situations).  The story was always about choices people make.  And with character names like Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Bentham, and Christian Shepherd, it was always an exploration of philosophies.  These things, choices and the philosophies that guide them, are more important than the scientific explanations.  Because Truth is more important than simple facts.

    I may be wrong, but those that did not like it may be more material minded than spiritual.

  • Good point, Melody: Jack turned to Locke, Hume, Rousseau and all the rest of the philosophers (“man of science”) but they could not give him the resolution he was seeking. It was the Christian Shepherd (“man of faith”) who unlocked the mystery of love for him.

  • Melody,

    Colleen, Link away.

    Also I do suspect there are probably more answers that can be pieced together. We’re planning to rewatch from the beginning.

    Melody, great points.

    I do have a sneaking suspicion that materialists and those who don’t believe in God and the afterlife won’t like the ending much. I saw one such person refer to the ending as “tragic”. Even protestants who are uncomfortable with the idea of purgatory might find it unsettling. For me the idea of them continuing to work out their issues after death is deeply satisfying. I think purgatory is a very comforting idea.