Black Cockatoo (draw a bird day)

black cockatoo scan s

rain magic magnetic

I wanted to at least keep Draw-a-Bird-Day going for Nina and me, even if we’re both absent from WordPress at the moment.  This is an old drawing that I never posted, but it seemed appropriate in many ways for the way the world feels right now.

Black Cockatoos are native to Australia and the surrounding islands, and were already facing habitat loss before the fires.  They are highly social and intelligent birds, but they also have mythical and cultural associations.  Symbols of change, spiritual freedom, communication, and survival, they are traditionally called on for their rain magic.  Black birds in general hold the secrets of alchemy, mystery, and transformation.  Our earth is crying out for all these things.

earth needs rain magic
to cleanse despair’s inferno
breathe flowers like stars

I also want to note that when you google “cockatoo” most of the links are about keeping them as pets.  Confinement and separation are not a natural or desirable existence for these beautiful creatures, and they can easily become destructive, depressed, and needy without constant attention and the freedom to wander and socialize in large flocks that is their normal way of life.

 

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36 responses to “Black Cockatoo (draw a bird day)”

  1. Jane Dougherty says :

    I wondered where you’d gone. WP has stopped sending me your notifications again so I’ve just come over to check up.

    Your drawing is very timely, and you’re right to point out that animals aren’t just appendages of human existence. Merril and I got very different poems from the Oracle today, but you and I have similarities—bird and fish magic and fire flowers.

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  2. memadtwo says :

    I’m in the midst of moving/putting most of my life into storage. I haven’t posted anything for weeks, and it will be more weeks I’m afraid. Complications…just get through each day. But I took a day off from it all today to post and visit a few blogs. I hope I’ll be back before next draw-a-bird day, but experience tells me I can’t predict what will happen…

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  3. msjadeli says :

    You’ve just created rain magic with your drawing and your post. May its juju travel where it needs to go and may it do what it needs to do.

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  4. msjadeli says :

    Kerfe, please come back soon. Keep a little of that juju for yourself to smooth out those knots in circumstances.

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  5. Teagan R. Geneviene says :

    Horsefeathers! I nearly missed Draw a Bird Day. I had been wondering when it was… Okay. Time to drop everything and draw a bird! Although mine won’t compare to yours — it’s fabulous! Hugs on the wing.

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  6. kestrelart says :

    I hope you two are both well. We glimpse each other’s lives but don’t see clearly through blogging, and absence is sometimes profound. Go well.

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  7. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    Good luck to you.
    Thank you for taking time for sharing.

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  8. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    Beautiful, sad, and timely in every way. All my warmest good thoughts for your re-settling…

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  9. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says :

    Wonderful cockatoo, Kerfe! And thanks for sharing your kind thoughts and beautiful poem. Good luck with your move. 😊

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  10. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Marta we missed you and such a lovely picture of this beautiful bird. Thanks for your valuable share. Never knew the information behind the black Cockatoo. Love and light to you dear.

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  11. robertawrites235681907 says :

    This is a beautiful drawing and piece, Kerfe. I had noticed you were absent and was wondering if WP had somehow unfollowed me from your blog. That happens sometimes.

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  12. merrildsmith says :

    It’s good to see you again, even if it’s a brief visit. I hope the complications lessen.
    Rain magic and a black cockatoo–perfect. I hope your message (or the Oracle’s) gets through.

    I’ve just finished Alice Hoffman’s latest novel, The World That We Knew. There is some bird magic in it.

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  13. kiddlescarol says :

    Nice to hear from you, Kerfe. Everything you’ve said rings true in my heart, too. Good luck with your transitions, and say hello to Nina for me!

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  14. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Kerfe, your drawings and poetry always speak to me. Stay strong, my friend. May your personal magic and that from the Oracle help you though this time. Your art and poetry are sorely missed. We’re here for you when you come back. ❤

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  15. lynn__ says :

    Lovely sketch of beautiful (and rare?) black cockatoo, K!

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  16. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Beautiful, Kerfe, and Australia needs a lot of these rain-makers. Thanks for pointing out that these animals belong free with their own kind. ❤

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  17. Charlie O'Shields says :

    This is so wonderful, Kerfe! ❤️And such beautiful words as well!

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  18. Bela Johnson says :

    Love your little puzzle poem. Personally, I shudder seeing any bird caged. Aloha, Kerfe.

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  19. Vashti Q says :

    Hi, Kerfe! Your poem is deeply meaningful and beautiful as is your art. Also, thank you for the information on the black cockatoo. ❤

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