Some Tiny Sparrow
I wish I were some tiny sparrow
and I had wings could fly so high…
–“Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies”
The second bird on my list from elementary school was song sparrow. House sparrow was also on the list. When I googled photos of each bird, the same picture appeared in both places. Further investigation showed that house sparrows have a rust patch on their face, while song sparrows have stripes.
I drew and painted both, the ones where I put backgrounds being less successful. Perhaps I’ll return to them, especially the green one. I really wanted an intense green and the pencils wouldn’t give it to me, so maybe I’ll try some paint.
Sparrows were sacred to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and are associated with fertility. Prisoners see them as symbols of freedom and often get sparrow tattoos upon their release; sailors get sparrow tattoos for good luck. The Egyptians thought of sparrows as soul catchers. And they have also come to symbolize the power of the small, who can unite to accomplish miracles.
For photos of many of the various different species of sparrows look here.