Loved ones who are far away: How to know them?
They’re not like the tiny, migrating Ruby-Crowned Kinglets
I can easily ID even tho’ they dart through the roadside shrubs fastfast
into & out of my view.
Their wing-flicks are unmistakable.
& that male!
He sings this long, bubbly, amazingly loud song, sometimes with a double-note call.
FaceTime & texting help,
but I yearn to feast on the wing-flicks of the loved ones.
GRETCHEN PETERSON’S DONE SOME GREAT YOUTUBES:
a bird's flight feathers, Beating swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks, cello practice, flow and harmony, how to make peace, paired flight feathers, peace within our minds first, repair the world, the arc of the moral universe, Tikkun olam, yoga, yoga and balance
(ALTERNATE TITLE: How to lower the swords states and non-state peoples lift against each other, how to stop learning war anymore–hints from the birds and their flight feathers for how to repair the world by pairing rather than parrying. (I think the concept of Tikkun olam speaks to this too.)
Lift. Forward motion. Direction. Balance.
A bird gets it from her wing & tail flight feathers
which, although long, stiff, & asymmetrical,
are symmetrically paired.
My yoga practice & cello group
involve a pairing focus that promotes a flowing harmony
& gives me a new slant on what it may take to rePAIR this wobbly world
& bend the arc of events towards peace.
Mayhap give it lift, forward motion, direction, balance.
This is the message board in Collinsville CT. I walk this block, and every time I go by, I stop to be reassured that everybody is indeed looking for the same thing. And I thank Kate Wolf for singing this truth so beautifully.http://youtu.be/jdS4eOUNjLU (I couldn’t find Kate Wolf singing this one, but do go to the official website for information on what her son and daughter have done to help her fans keep her music in our heads and hearts. See http://www.katewolf.com)
Kate Wolf’s song–Everybody’s Looking for the Same Thing–teaches us that “outside a country store there’s a board on the wall that’s filled with cards of every size. And what the folks are looking for is written there to see. Reading it, it comes as no surprise that everybody’s looking for the same thing. The same thing, it’s plain to see. It’s an old Chevy, a bass player, a country house on three acres, 3 bedrooms absolutely free. There’s someone going to Boston with a guitar and a dog, and a lady with a goat to give away. There’s 10 free kittens, a square dance on Sunday, and Cindy please get in touch with Ray. Know your future, it’s in the stars–15 dollars or fix my car, you can call mornings or evenings until 9. Do you want to lose weight, meditate? Herbal remedies you can take. And massages given at your house or mine. So if you’re needing something and you don’t know where to start, just make yourself a card that says it all. Use the words that say it best, include a number and address. And pin it up with the others on the wall.”