Freedom Bird

OFF THE RECORD is a charity anthology that benefits children’s literacy. Luca Veste asked 38 writers to pen 1500 words inspired by a classic rock song. I drew “Free Bird.” The book is only 99 cents for Kindle, for the next few days.

Eva Dolan, reviewer at Loitering with Intent and Crime Fiction Lover, said Freedom Bird “is a beautifully constructed story about the strength it takes not to act; may bring a tear to your eye.”


A buddy of mine in high school drove one of these babies. The Firebird on the hood is truly iconic, and I kept thinking how the soldiers in Vietnam called the plane home the “freedom bird,” and thought of a teenager trapped in a house with his vet father, neither understanding each other, fighting over what it means to “be a man,” and how sometimes it means to act and other times it means not to.

This is a story I could write a book from. The characters are strong in my mind, and I’ve wanted to write about being a kid during the end of the Vietnam war. I was 4 years old when Saigon “fell.” I remember the footage on television. (I woke up early at a young age, would walk down and turn the TV on. I saw Sadat’s assassination this way, and also watched PATTON when I was way too young). So you’ll be seeing more of Harve Chundak, someday.

One thought on “Freedom Bird

  1. I was five when the war ended but was shielded from those realities. Do remember folks talking about my brother who had fought in Nam. Hushed talk and all.

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