I’m a long-time believer in bird omens. When I was a commuter, I’d make a little obeisance to the red-tailed hawks that perched alongside the highway into Boston, asking for general car luck and a parking spot. More than once, a fatal encounter with a bird foreshadowed the death of someone I loved.
Last month, while I was walking around the North Florida campus where I work, a white heron flew right over my head, so close I could almost have touched it. It landed on the sidewalk about 15 feet in front of me. We walked together single file for about 20 yards before the heron veered off into a shrubbery area.
That evening I was notified that a poem I’d submitted to a magazine was accepted. The magazine was . . . HERON TREE. Coincidence? I think not!
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We’ve “Anna’s hummingbird” in Santa Barbara; I see one, it’s a good omen.
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Yes, listen to nature it’s for us to behold. where are there poetry meetings in Gainesville
Hi Paula – I’m part of a group that hosts a community poetry workshop on the Third Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm. We usually meet in the Foundation Room at Library Headquarters, 401 E University Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32601. Some months we have to meet at other library locations, though, so it’s best to check. Here’s the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1057187524413786/
Thank you for sharing, Michele. For me, my good omens seem to be with the owl, although I play close attention to all birds. I find birds fascinating, and telling for those with an ear to listen. Whenever I hear the owls calling outside my bedroom window at night, comfort flows through me.