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Inspiration: Solitude

on June 17, 2012

the nightingale glides across a twilight sky

a symbol of love and longing in flight

it exhales in a melodious love song

shattering the solitude of the night


Since ancient times birds have been considered a connection between heaven and earth. They are known to reach deep into the heart and the soul through symbolism and spirituality. For some cultures, their symbolism is one of immortality, while some myths declare every bird in the world representative of a departed soul. Birds have been immortalized in art throughout the world and in Christian art, birds often appear as saved souls. They also provide inspiration for remarkable stories written in both prose and poetic meter offering time for solitude within deep repose.

How many different birds can you match with their key word significance? Here are just a few. . .

The most renown bird in America is, of course, the  Bald Eagle. As our national bird, it bestows freedom and courage to look ahead being forever watchful. It signifies strength while conveying powers and messages of the spirit. Special significance is placed upon the Eagle and its feathers by Native American Indians often becoming an iconic symbol and tribal logo.

The eagle or one of these below just might be your inspiration for tomorrow. . .

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29 responses to “Inspiration: Solitude

  1. Love the pictures great job.

  2. Micki Peluso says:

    Very nice post. The whipporwill that inspired the title of my book about my daughters death from a DWI many years agi is my insoiration but I love owls to and have one in my meditation garden. I loved this post!!


    • catnipoflife says:

      Micki, thank you for leaving comments. I cannot imagine the heartache you went through. There are shadows of darkness throughout life but without faith we could not see the light within a new day.

  3. Debbie Hope says:

    Sweet……I love watching and listening to birds, it makes my heart sing and fills me with peace.

    Thanks for allowing us to stop and reflect for a moment.

    Debbie Hope

  4. catnipoflife says:

    Debbie, thank you for stopping by and letting me know you received some catnip of relaxation:>)

  5. jmsabbagh says:

    Great site l enjoy reading it.Good Luck. Jalal Michaei(thank you for liking my post

  6. I love the picture of all the birds that you have shared! I love birds when i was younger I had over 30 some odd parrots when i was breeding them in Hawaii. I still have an African Grey parrott named Jada, she is ten, speaks and always craves attention! I have always love all animals and birds…they seem to always make me smile! Thanks for sharing!

    • catnipoflife says:

      Hi, Wendell. Thank you so much for stopping by for a little catnip:>) It is always such a pleasure to share in your visits. I am enjoying your poem, You Spoke to Me, on a regular basis. It is great having it on my bulletin board…can’t look at the computer screen without seeing it out of my right eye!

  7. Claire Cappetta says:

    Love the pictures! Always amazed at how much bigger birds are here compared to Europe! 🙂

    • catnipoflife says:

      Really? That thought had not entered my mind. Did make a trip across the sea back in the 70s. Of course, they did have birds back then, too. . .LOL:>) but sights were on other things. . .

  8. angchronicles says:

    The crane and the falcon are new iconic birds for me. I like the owl, always knew as wise but not synonymous with death and darkness. Interesting.

  9. fgassette says:

    Your bird photos are amazing. Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting.


  10. oasien says:

    J’aime bien les oiseaux et j’en élève.

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