Swallows (Draw a Bird Day)

one by one
you join the wire—sit
until a sudden pull forms
a merging with air

ruly dance
of animation–
swooping up
to slip down
in unceasing waves, scattered
between rhythmic tides

you spend your
life aloft, brushing
the berm of
landscapes–embodied spirits,
wandering and free

Our beach bird this year was the swallow–bank swallows, which nest in banks and sandy cliffs, and purple martins, which use cavities created by other animals or in buildings, or increasingly, nesting boxes provided by humans. Native Americans were the first to hang gourds to attract these birds.

They would gather in the mornings on the wires, chattering away, and then suddenly take to the air, feeding on insects and gathering moisture, until they returned to the wire to begin the process again. They also chirped on the wing, providing a constant background of bird noise.

Bank swallows, especially, are extremely social birds, and are seldom seen alone.

There are over 90 species of swallows, and they are found all over the world. In many places they are harbingers of spring.

They frequently reside near water, hunting insects on the wing, and migrating to follow insect populations. American swallows breed in North America and winter in the South American summer.

The feet of swallows are adapted for perching and they are seldom seen on the ground. Some species are endangered due to habitat loss.

My shadorma chain uses some of the Oracle 2 words generated by Jane this week.

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34 responses to “Swallows (Draw a Bird Day)”

  1. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    I love the poem, it paints a perfect picture of swallows. And of course the drawings and the info complete the picture.

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  2. Jane Dougherty says :

    I’ve seen no swallows up here all summer. They’re down by the river, the only place there’s any water. That image of the swallows on the wire is such a happy, chattery, sociable one, at the same time it symbolises the end of summer.

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  3. Jane Dougherty says :

    WP let me leave a like!

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  4. memadtwo says :

    Kerfe, these are wonderful drawings and words to go with them. Great work.


  5. neil reid says :

    I love draw a bird day. Walls and ceiling both, I can see covered with your birds. Respects for your ability to draw – then share. Here, blackbirds & gulls with some small garden birds as well. I’m not the student as you. Though, in Monterey views, I love the pelicans – in flight, can’t avert my eyes. Thanks for all. n

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  6. merrildsmith says :

    Your poem really captured the spirit of the birds and the flow of their movement. Beautiful words and art!

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  7. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Superb poem and a lovely picture of a swallow

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  8. Ingrid says :

    How I love swallows! I wasn’t aware of this particular type though, so thank you for introducing me.

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  9. Teagan Riordain Geneviene says :

    What beautiful work! Hugs on the wing.

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  10. Aletha Kuschan says :

    Wing-like word patterns in the poetry. And lovely bird drawings, very animate.

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  11. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry says :

    The swallows are stunning! This is just what I needed to read today. ❤️

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  12. msjadeli says :

    Beautiful birds. I love the one you did of the purple martin ❤ Happy they kept you company on holiday.

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  13. Sun Hesper Jansen says :

    Swallows have always been among my favorites, since growing up with a farm in the family and “wasting” half a day watching the acrobatics of barn swallows (there were purple martins too). Wonderful to imagine these, and their songs, at the seaside.

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