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Sunday, August 30, 2009


For the Birds

by The Drawn Thread

What is it about birds?

Is it their sweet songs, their feathers, or is it their first presence in spring?

Whatever it is, I love them all; blackbirds, peacocks, hummingbirds, crows, owls, turkeys, blue jays, robins, cardinals, ravens, eagles, osterichs, flamingos, seagulls, chickadees. The list goes on and on.......

This picture was taken in April 2009 at Hole in the Rock, just outside of Moab, UT.

Don't you just love the little worm inching along between the Mama crow and her babies?
And of course, the prowling cat with watchful eyes..............

What a pair of lovely ducks, no cares in the world, just relaxing in a pool of cool water......

And who could forget the lovely moonlit owl........ or the proud, prancing peacock......

How pleasant the life of a bird must be,
Flitting about in each leafy tree;
In the leafy trees so broad and tall,
Like a green and beautiful palace hall,
With its airy chambers light and boon,
That open to sun and stars and moon;
That open to the bright blue sky,
And the frolicsome winds as they wander by.
They have left their nests on the forest bough;
Those homes of delight they need not now;
And the young and the old they wander out,
And traverse their green world round about;
And hark! at the top of this leafy hall,
How one to the other in love they call!
"Come up! Come up!" they seem to say,
"Where the topmost twigs in the breezes sway."
"Come up! come up! for the world is fair
Where the merry leaves dance in the summer air.
"And the birds below give back the cry,
"We come, we come to the branches high."
How pleasant the lives of the birds must be,
Living in love in a leafy tree!
And away through the air what joy to go,
And to look on the green, bright earth below!
How pleasant the life of a bird must be,
Skimming about on the breezy sea,
Cresting the billows like silvery foam,
Then wheeling away to its cliff-built home!
What joy it must be to sail, upborne,
By a strong free wing, through the rosy morn,
To meet the young sun, face to face,
And pierce, like a shaft, the boundless space!
To pass through the bowers of the silver cloud;
To sing in the thunder hall aloud;
To spread out the wings for a wild, free flight
With the upper cloud-wings, oh, what delight!
Oh, what would I give, like a bird, to go,
Right on through the arch of the sun lit bow,
And see how the waterdrops are kissed
Into green and yellow and amethyst.
How pleasant the life of a bird must be,
Wherever it listeth, there to flee;
To go, when a joyful fancy calls,
Dashing down 'mong the waterfalls;
Then wheeling about, with its mate at play,
Above and below, and among the spray,
Hither and thither, with screams as wild
As the laughing mirth of a rosy child.
What joy it must be, like a living breeze,
To flutter about 'mid the flowering trees;
Lightly to soar, and to see beneath,
The wastes of the blossoming purple heath,
And the yellow furze, like fields of gold,
That gladdened some fairy region old!
On the mountain tops, on the billowy sea,
On the leafy stems of a forest tree,
How pleasant the life of a bird must be!


Suzanne said...

This is a beautiful finish. I must say that I really like this design as well.

FayeRaye said...

Love this DT design...and all the beautiful words you said!! have fun at school today!

Cari said...

Jolene - what a darling stitch, pics and post too!! Thanks for sharing. Hugs

Cari said...

What a delightful design - I had not see this one. I just finished a small Drawn Thread this weekend (just need to take pics and post). I will have to add this one to my stash soon - too cute!

The whole post is wonderful - very poetically done. Enjoy your week.

Cari in VA

Kathy said...

Gorgeous finish. I too am a bird lover. I love that poem. Beautiful.

Jan said...

What a truly lovely post to read this morning, Jolene! I love this sampler too, I did stitch it several years back for a dear friend. It was fun, and I just might stitch one for myself someday. Kudos!

Alice said...

I also LOVE birds. Beautiful finish Jolene!
Lovely poem too. Lots of food for thought.

CindyMae said...

What a gorgeous finish and the poetry was a wonderful read, thank you!

Cathy B said...

Hi Jolene! I love Drawn Thread designs. You stitched this one beautifully!

Siobhan said...

Woohoo! What a beautiful finish. I love DT designs--there is something so timeless & classic about them. Love the bird pics, too! The poetry was a lovely addition, as well. :)

Deb said...

A beautiful finish Jolene. I've always loved their designs and yours looks wonderful. Love those birds pictures too!

Stacy said...

Great finish Jolene! I've always loved that DT design. Fabulous!

BeckySC said...

Hello there :) Just popping in from your visit to my blog -thank you so much :) It's very nice to meet you :)
Lovely DT Fiinish :) I'll be back for a visit :)

BTW-I agree...NEVER can a girl have too much stash :) !!

The Scarlett House said...

What a wonderful little sampler. I love DT, but somehow that one got past me. I'm a major bird fan and I enjoy nothing more than watching them in my yard. We even had an owl visit recently, which was quite a change from the norm. BTW, I adore Halloween, too.

Irma said...

So pretty!

Just Me and My Shadow said...

I just love that little sampler. Nothing nicer than having the birds visit the garden. They give so much pleasure.


Michelle said...

I'm crazy over birds too ~ I really like that little sampler and I think I need those little scissors too :)