Thursday, December 12, 2013

Doing the Pigeon

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.
~George Herbert

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)

Church window
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

Le Pigeon
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!


Pop said...

Doves/Pigeons are fun to watch (I'm like Bert in this regard ;-)

The Jambu Fruit Dove is gorgeous...I'd definitely like to watch it.

Joy said...

Thank you for a fun post. It was a George Herbert poem that got me to write my first Poetry Obscura poem and I have a kind spot in my heart for pigeons since my husband's Ph.D. was on transferin polymorphism in Pigeons--or something like that. (I got to know several varieties of pigeons fairly well, even went to pigeon shows!) They really are interesting creatures to study.

At midnight MST, I will have my Friday poem up at CREATION is a little thing about the wonderful way writing a poem makes me feel (or drawing a picture, singing a song, dancing or cooking) As usual, I also have a poetry challenge.

Thank you extremely much for hosting us today and for all the engaging things you do to support children's poets.

Charles Ghigna said...

Thanks, Tabatha! We're celebrating the "Holly Days" with a little poem at the FATHER GOOSE Blog

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

My favorite is the Pigeon on a Peach Branch. Love how it rolls off the tongue too!

For Poetry Friday tomorrow, I'm sharing "The Flight Before Christmas" --my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill's Holiday Writing Contest. Thanks for hosting, Tabatha!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Oops! Here's the link:

Keri said...

Hi Tabatha! Thanks for hosting and thanks for making room for the early doves. ;-) At Keri Recommends I have the winner of last week's giveaway and some "story rules" from a former Pixar artist.

Robyn Hood Black said...

You always have the most interesting offerings! I love anything winged, and personally always group pigeons into the "dove" camp, too.

Thanks for hosting PF this week! Continuing with a haiku theme, I'm kicking off a "Student Poet of the Month" adventure featuring Tom Painting's haiku students. Starting us off today is 8th grader Emma Jones.

Diane Mayr said...

Tabatha, I love all the pigeon art!

Thanks for letting us post early, too. My posts will be up after midnight. At Random Noodling I have a small collection of door haiga.

Kurious Kitty shares "The Sniffle" by Ogden Nash.

KK's Kwotes has a quote by Ray Bradbury.

Margaret Simon said...

Thanks for opening up early. I am bleary-eyed and ready for bed, but popped over to put up my post. I am offering a give away of my Christmas poetry book, Illuminate, along with an original poem and recording of "In the Bleak Midwinter."

Ben said...

Jambu Fruit Dove, I want one.