“Watch out strange kind people
Little Red Rooster is on the prowl”
–Howlin Wolf, interpreting Willie Dixon
This embroidered painting was inspired by a Mexican Carnival mask and the blues, and also in honor of the Year of the Rooster.
Red as a rooster. Red
as a heart that bleeds with
fire. Red as the rose
that blooms inside the heart’s desire.
Red as the anger that
is trapped inside the flame. Red
as the burning blood that
saturates the vein. Red red. Red.
The poem uses the red rooster as a starting point. I finally managed to do a quadrille properly: 44 words. The rhymes just happened.
Happy Draw-A-Bird Day!
on the road of souls
golden swan dreaming music
in between the stars
Many Native American tribes consider the Milky Way to be the pathway where souls travel to the spirit world. The Northern Cross, part of the constellation Cygnus, points towards the Milky Way.
Sue Vincent’s luminous and mysterious photo prompt this week gave me another reason to consider the stars.
Swans are symbols of transformation. They have been seen as forms of souls, messengers between worlds that accompany souls on their journey, or even shape-shifted angels. “Swan song” is not just a random expression–it comes from the belief that swans sing a beautiful song whenever someone dies.
Done from a shot by a friend of mine who was lucky to see one in our area. I’ve seen a lot of hawks and turkey vultures but have never seen an eagle. Happy Draw a Bird Day!
noise words without meaning
footnotes to the air
Answers taken given
traded for babble
Particles of lies shared
on repeat screeching
I meant to write a quadrille (44 words) with the secret keeper’s words this week, but I wasn’t paying attention really, and the “6-5-6-5-6-5-6-5” I wrote down beside each line became syllables instead of words. I also meant it to be more about the birds. I used all the words though!
Now to the subject at hand: The parrot is painted with the new gouache I got for Christmas. I wanted to do something bright and colorful to start, and a parrot seemed the perfect subject.
Parrots are symbolically associated with voices, words, communication, and the power of truth. They do not keep secrets. They are also linked to color magic. And, like many birds, they serve as messengers between heaven and earth.
They are also endangered, due to habitat loss and the pet trade. These intelligent sub-tropical birds can live 80-100 years; a pet parrot is a lifetime investment, requiring enormous amounts of attention, care, and intellectual stimulation to thrive. Needless to say, both birds and humans are better served by leaving these social animals in their natural habitats, and protecting those habitats.
Not the prettiest bird but he gets the job done.
Messenger of souls–
swift raptor or calming breath?
The inner eye, seeking–
waiting for visions combined–
wings replacing fear with hope.
In myth and story, and as symbol, both hawks and doves serve as messengers from the spirit world.
perched in place, sharply
still with wings waiting
to lift firmament
slow pace of silence
the time of pursuit
The 8th of each month is draw-a-bird-day, and I’ve done the American Kestrel for September, influenced by my recent reading of “H is for Hawk”. The kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America, and one of the most colorful, often used as a beginner’s bird for falconry.
The poem uses the secret keeper’s words this week:
PLACE – SHARP – CHIME – FIRM – PACE
Laura at CreateArtEveryday usually hosts draw-a-bird-day, but she’s been MIA for about a month…
Art, from top to bottom: pencil drawing, gouache painting, neocolor drawing (with water).
I had been hearing a distinctive bird call, but I couldn’t see the bird.
I spent a pleasant hour on the Cornell bird site, listening to bird calls. I found it at last–a flicker! They are members of the woodpecker family, and I’ve seen woodpeckers on the tree next door, but never a flicker.
I can hear them, though, so I know they are around. Evidently they like foraging on the ground, so I may need to look down instead of up…
I’m posting this early for Draw-A-Bird Day, which is coming up on August 8, hosted by Laura at CreateArtEveryday. I have family coming to visit so I’ll be taking a break. See you later in August!
You can hear the bird call here–it’s the rolling rattle call.