“There they come, the birds of my youth,” he exclaimed.
Suddenly, one of the birds broke away from the formation and circled once above Ainola. It came so close that he could see it clearly for the first time in years, despite his cataract-ridden eyes. The bird then rejoined the flock to continue its journey.
Jean Sibelius died two days later at home, on 20 September, 1957.
* * * * *Photo of a flight of sandhill cranes by Mark Stevens (Flickr/thor_ mark), used under Creative Commons License. http://www.flickr.com/photos/14723335@N05/9445039297/