Maka’ala ke kanaka kahea manu.
A man who calls birds should always be alert.
The Hawaiian alii (chiefs) wore beautiful capes and headdresses crafted by weaving in thousands of tiny feathers. The Kanaka kahea manu, the bird-catcher, would imitate bird-calls to attract the birds to catch them, pluck out a small number of tiny feathers and let them go. Once he had called the birds, he had to stay alert and be prepared to catch them quickly when they came near. The saying advises one who wishes to succeed to be alert to any opportunity that should arise.
He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie. ~Anais Nin
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― L. Frank Baum, The Land Of Oz
“The way I see it, a person isn’t nothing more than a scarecrow… The only difference between one that stands up good and one that blows over is what kind of a stick they’re stuck up there on.”
― Barbara Kingsolver
A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.
foto- tree seen from the xpt in august 2010 mid north coast nsw
"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"
He followed his own path in life,
A humble man was he,
Yet his great poems will surely go
Down to posterity;
He never injured anyone
Tho, he was always poor,
He never grumbled at his lot
Of that we’re very sure.
‘Paddy’, the Sydney Street Poet
foto – workers’ cottage front paddock june 2010
"Moral Emblems, with Aphorisms, Adages, and Proverbs, of All Ages and Nations"
VERY little fish expects to become a whale. He who would be every where will be no where.
foto – pelicans eating fish in urunga 2010 june
This is a proverb of fable origin.
An ass seeing his master pet a little lap-dog and hold it in his lap desired the same treatment, so broke his halter, rushed into the house and began to prance and kick and at last tried to sit in his master’s lap in order that he might re ceive the same sort of caress that was given the lap-dog. For his trouble the ass received only a sound beating.
The fable and proverb teach that not all are born with like endowment of characteristics. It was used with reference to those who try to emulate those above them and become involved in difficulty for their pains.
"Moral significance of animals as indicated in Greek proverbs"
foto- coldstream backyard nov 09
Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air. Facts are the air of science. Without them a man of science can never rise.
foto of magpie on the fence in coldstream street 2009