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“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches
in the soul.”--Emily Dickinson.
As much as most of us love birds,
appreciate birdsong & colorful plumage,
we must not forget, as my grandfather used
to say, “they are just snakes with wings.”
True that--for feathers evolved from
the types of scales on reptiles and
dinosaurs; they developed much
like hair follicles, & are considered
to be the most complex structure in
Feathers of all kinds do fascinate
those who do not possess them. I can
never pass up the inspection of a fallen
feather on the beach or in my yard. Eagle
& hawk feathers are sacred to the Native
Americans. In South America they cherish
Condor feathers, & in India it is the plumage
of the Peacock that they value most.
Although feathers facilitate flight for most birds, we
must not forget that bats, squirrels & insects just use
tissue to catch the air for their form of flight, & they
seem to fly just fine without feathers.
Personally, I’ve never written with a quill, made mostly
from goose feathers, but I’ve seen people use them and
I adore the delicious scratching sound it makes when in
contact with paper. Pen comes from the Latin word, penna,
which means feathers. The French word, plume, which can
mean either pen or feather.
Who has not wanted
to soar like a bird, floatinghigh on hot thermals?
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