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WhiskersNFeathers

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joyfulli

Interesting, Mila. There's certainly more history with English writers, many classics.
Love that quote!! Thanks.

WhiskersNFeathers

Well not all... but for unexplained reasons I gravitate to English writers ...

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods;
There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roars:
I love not man the less, but Nature more…”
Lord Byron

John Keats, John Clare...

joyfulli

I did!! :-). Thanks, Parson!!
Good for you to be able to command the raven on the fence, Mila! lol I enjoy poetry, but I don't always "get" the more esoteric ones.

WhiskersNFeathers

Of course Edgar Allen Poe... I decided to not pay attention back in high school or was it English 101 in college... too long to remember. To my frustration, I never got poetry, not even the romantic one. But of course Raven's talk, haven't you heard them mumbling? There is one that sits in the back on the fence, it is as huge as a chicken. I tell him to go and he is gone. (*‿-)

ParsonWayne

Thanks for explaining the poem, Li. I wasn't sure anyone would get my reference.

joyfulli

There is a famous poem by Edgar Allen Poe called "The Raven," in which the raven says, "Nevermore." https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48860/the-raven

Here is an online synopsis, Mila: The poem begins after midnight on a cold December evening. A man, the narrator, sits alone by the fire dozing off as he reads a book, hoping to forget about Lenore, his lost love.

While he sits, he hears a knocking at the door. He gets up to answer, apologizing in the process, only to open the door and find absolutely nothing there. With it being after midnight, he's a little creeped out, so he tries to tell himself that it's just the wind hitting the window. When he goes to the window to remedy the problem, however, what should swoop in, but the Raven.

Unlike a normal bird that would probably fly around the room scared, the Raven just perches itself on a statue of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, above the door. Rather unnaturally, the narrator begins to talk to it, asking for its name. And while you wouldn't expect a raven to be able to answer, he does respond with, 'Nevermore.'

Of course, this is alarming for a couple of reasons. One, the Raven is actually talking. Two, the only thing he ever says has such a foreboding connotation that the narrator can't help but be unnerved. In fact, he is so rattled that he just keeps asking questions to which the Raven continues to respond with the same answer. And sadly, that is the last answer the narrator wants to hear. By the end of the poem, the narrator has lost his mind, giving in to the sorrow of losing his lost love Lenore and knowing that she will return 'nevermore.'

WhiskersNFeathers

I am still stuck in "nevermore"... (-_-)

WhiskersNFeathers

Sometimes I get lost in translation...
I bookmark lots of comments to read before replying
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joyfulli

That must have been quite a cite, Parson!

ParsonWayne

The other day I was raven about the large totally black birds. It kept saying, "Nevermore."

joyfulli

Yes -- it would be interesting to know if the songs are the same between our two kinds of blackbirds, Sylvia. The females of the species are so drab.
Good for you, Mila, and you can keep up with a garden. I'm not good at that.

WhiskersNFeathers

I saw Li but Tea usually "chats" more.
Tea, I should do the same and get things done around here (home & garden). I will be getting off daily, I have to deadhead the roses daily or they become a mess. Particularly when it rains. See you around! (‘ ‿ ’)

lovesgulls

Yes, it's amazing, we have only one blackbird, the male is totally black but has a yellow beak and a yellow ring around its eye. The female is just a brown bird, very unimpressive. The male is a great singer, though!

joyfulli

This is only one kind of blackbird here, Sylvia. We have other that don't have the red/yellow patches.

lovesgulls

Your blackbirds are so much more colorful than our's. So beautiful!

Teagardener

@WhiskersNFeathers
Hello Mila :)
I’m fine, just have had a few things on my mind lately.
Have a good rest of the day! I’m getting off for a while so I can get a little work done. See you tomorrow🧩

joyfulli

Good notes, Mila. Tea did comment earlier and today, as well.

WhiskersNFeathers

Tea you have been a little quiet... all well and just busy I hope. (‘ ‿ ’)

WhiskersNFeathers

Note taken PW. It is frustrating because you want to move forward, but yes we find the perfect comfort in the kitchen... we shouldn't but it helps.

joyfulli

Food solves everything, Parson!!
He was, Ed, but he took off shortly after that.
I love seeing and hearing them, too. I haven't seen the female yet. I know they come a little later. Thanks, Tea. :-)

Teagardener

I like seeing these fellas in the spring :)
Thanks Ms Bird Lady😃

bowlakeboy

WOW! Great shot, Li. He's in full "look at me" mode.

ParsonWayne

The first thing I did when I got the news about postponement was head to the kitchen.

joyfulli

Interesting, Jacki. So you've had unseasonably cold weather, too, then. Our pond where I usually find them in the spring is totally open, thankfully. I hear them near our house, but haven't seen any at our feeders. I imagine it DOES get expensive!
Thanks, Mila and Patsy.
It's hard to wait for medical news, Parson. I've been there before. I'm sorry they had to postpone it. I know you're resting in His peace, though.

ParsonWayne

The news I got was that they had to postpone my PET Scan until Thursday, May 12th because the storm we had - large hail, heavy rain, and high wind had flooded the area of the PET Scan, Li.

We have them in central California

WhiskersNFeathers

LOL thanks for the laugh Jacki!

bluebird42

There is a swamp down the hill from us. Usually when the redwings arrive they are a little early for any insects in the swamp, so they come up here to our feeders. In a week or two the females join them, and soon after that they all vanish into the swamp. This year, because of the continuing cold weather both male and female have been here now for almost two months. I do hope the weather warms up enough for the swamp to be ready for them soon. Much as I love them, they don't do their trilling here, they just eat. It's getting expensive!

joyfulli

They must weigh less than they look like they would, Mila. I waited until he trilled to take the pic. They usually puff up when they trill. This one isn't as puffed as they sometimes get. It IS getting warmer -- 70 (F) on Monday, then back in the sixties with rain.
Thanks, Jacki. There's one place I go where I'm pretty sure to see RWBs in the spring.

bluebird42

Great shot!!! Thank you Li!

WhiskersNFeathers

WOW you got all the color! Aw, this is exactly how I used to see them back in FL.
I always wondered how the thin grasses could hold their weight. Is it still cold there?
He looks puffed. (‘ ‿ ’) Great job!

joyfulli

I like them, too, Sharon. I would miss their spring trills if I didn't have them around me.

Sharon72

Another bird I haven't seen for years. I think they are so pretty with that bright spot of color against the glossy black feathers.

joyfulli

Did you get your news yesterday?

ParsonWayne

I saw one yesterday on my way back from town.

joyfulli

Interesting, onefootonepeel. Thanks for that info. They must find nesting places nearby.

these can be found in north fla. along the beaches, more precisely in the parking lots, scavenging for food scrapes thrown out by tourists!

joyfulli

I agree about the song, the hippo. It thrills me, especially when I first hear it in the spring. Thank YOU for commenting.

thehippo

Maybe not the most beautiful bird to look at but the one who sings the prettiest song.
Thanks for the great photo, joyfulli

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