Draw a Bird Day: Cardinal

cardinal head s

Too often when I think of my mother I remember the long years of Alzheimer’s, when she lived in a world I could neither share nor understand. This distorts the woman who should live there:  the one who loved to sing, to laugh, to talk to anyone who crossed her path.  The woman who taught me to embroider and to treasure words.  The librarian who gardened in roses, who wondered at birds, whose favorite color was red.

Scarlet messenger
flashing wingsong–penetrates
directly to heart

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At the beach this year, a pair of cardinals visited the deck daily.  Even when we couldn’t see them, we would hear them singing.  Then when I returned home, a pair of cardinals started regularly visiting the Rose of Sharon tree.  Cardinals were my mother’s favorite bird, and so these days she is often in my thoughts.

I haven’t been doing much drawing lately, but birds always offer a good opportunity to practice.  Happy Draw a Bird Day!–hopefully a few fly into your life today as well.

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32 responses to “Draw a Bird Day: Cardinal”

  1. suzieperon says :

    Such charming vibrant drawings! Thanks for sharing from a committed Irish bird nerd.

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  2. shaunkellett says :

    Brilliant drawings and such a moving piece of prose. Amazing how even when people leave us physically, they can still be ever-present in our thoughts.

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  3. merrildsmith says :

    A poignant post, nicely written as a haibun. The haiku is perfect. Lovely drawing of the cardinals.

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  4. 10000hoursleft says :

    Beautiful drawings and haiku. What a lovely way to remember you mother and how lovely that the cardinals visit your garden to keep the undistorted memory alive.

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  5. Victo Dolore says :

    Beautiful. ❤️

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  6. Carol A. More says :

    These bird drawings are beautiful, made more so by the lovely memory of your mother. So tender…..

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  7. Claudia McGill says :

    I see now why you mentioned yesterday’s red bird at my blog. My grandmother loved cardinals and I think of her when I see them. I understand how it is to associate a living being, here today, with good memories of what or who is gone. What a touching post.

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  8. Evelyn Flint says :

    Lovely drawings and lovely memories of how your mother used to be before that awful disease took hold…..

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  9. Susan Feniak says :

    A lovely statement, tribute.

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  10. Jodi says :

    beautiful and heartfelt and moving.

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  11. kestrelart says :

    Thanks for sharing your birds and memories

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  12. Melba Christie at Poemattic says :

    Thanks for sharing your story. We are dealing with my father-in-law Alzheimer’s. Very sad to see the changes. He loved nature. Now he just sits and stares.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Melba. Maybe some of the beauty of nature still gets through to him. Every once in awhile something would connect with my mother, and I always hoped that it happened other times even when she didn’t react.

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  13. Jill Kuhn says :

    My MIL has dementia – it is so difficult to see her change and digress. 😌 I understand your pain, Kerfe and your Cardinals are beautiful! ❤️ Sometimes I don’t know how to express how I feel but your poem said it all to me! 😍

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  14. memadtwo says :

    I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot too. They say cardinals represent the souls of our loved ones. Yours is a lovely rendition.


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