Listen, sweet Dove, unto my song, And spread thy golden wings in me; Hatching my tender heart so long, Till it get wing, and flie away with Thee.
If you try to find out the difference between pigeons and doves, you might hear that pigeons are bigger, gray, and domesticated, while doves are smaller, white, and wild. But then again, you might just hear that they are one and the same. I think connotation is important in this case: doves are well-liked symbols of peace, and the best thing I know about pigeons is this. But they are sharing the stage here for Art Thursday:
Detail from Peace (1887)
by Edward Onslow Ford (1852-1901)
photo by ketrin1407
The Jambu Fruit Dove, whose habitat is in southern Thailand, Malaysia and the islands of Indonesia
photo by cuatrok77
An illustration from Jules Verne's short story "Aventures de la famille Raton" (1866-69)
by Felicien de Myrbach-Rheinfeld (1853—1940)
photo by Reinhardhauke
Pigeon on a peach branch
by Emperor Huizong of Song, Northern Song Dynasty, circa 1108
Relief with orphan children, 1581
Eucharistic dove, Limoges, first half of the thirteenth century.
photographed by David Monniaux
by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898)
* Picasso Peace Doves/Pattern Practice art lesson
* Video: Such a patient cat to put up with this bird!
* DIY doily origami dove
* Early Poetry Friday-ers may leave their link in the comments!