Silver Wingspread

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When I went to pull the shade on my sliding glass door, the long rays of the sun were shining through the grease smudges on the window revealing this sad, but beautiful image. Another dove took a hard hit and left this imprint on the glass. This happens from time to time. So far, they are able to fly away after the hit. They see the reflection of the woods and sky in the window and don’t seem to realize it is an illusion.

Wingspread imprinted

on sliding door’s illusion

Winter sun shows all

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Frank Tassone at d’Verse asked us to write a Haibun of winter. Lots of birds come to my feeder in the winter months. Doves enjoy seeds scattered on the deck. Sometimes they get reckless. I am sharing this one that happened yesterday. Amazing!

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55 thoughts on “Silver Wingspread

  1. Hey Dwight. Something clicked when I read this post. And then I remembered: Yes, you told me about those doves when I posted that poem about migratory birds. On Oct. 3rd you wrote: “A great poem Selma! I have birds that hit my windows quite frequently. The doves especially, seem to hit hard leaving their wing and head pattern smudged on the window pane. So far they all have survived!

    So, it continues, huh? The pattern the sun gifted you is one of a kind. Those wings!
    But their perception of what’s real and what isn’t is sad indeed. They’re after the reflected image of the woods. Sad. Perhaps doves are sturdy birds and at the low altitude (your photo tells me it’s ground floor) they probably go through a hard awakening, brush themselves off and continue on their way.
    Still, poor birds.
    Thanks for sharing this. That pattern is lovely indeed. I appreciate it.
    Be well, my friend.

    I add the link for ease:


  2. Absolutely fascinating — I’ve never seen anything like this. And I totally understand how “beautiful” and “sad” can live together. Anthropocentric and even biocentric perspectives make those two words seem incompatible, but studying pathology and cosmology helps me exit those two limitations (our parochial homes). Thanx for the pic — very educational. I’m surprised no one thought it was a collision of an wayward angel.

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    • Thank you Sabio for your thoughtful comment. It is amazing to see. This is not the first time I have seen this, but this is the largest and most beautiful spread I have seen so far. Opposites seem to do well together in nature. Roses and thorns, poisonous snakes, volcanic eruptions, and even exploding stars! I am glad you enjoyed this post. No angel collision here! :>)


  3. There’s a moral in this, risks are there for the taking, but nothing is gained without a risk or two, but if you’re careless it is more than a risk. It made me think of James Dean, Dianna Dors etc. or many of those 19th century explorers.

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  4. Dwight, there must have been dust on the dove’s wings. What kind of metaphor is that??
    FYI, I just tried to get to your poem from your Mr. Linky link but it didn’t bring me here. Can you try to link up again?


  5. Tragically beautiful (including the image left behind…)
    We used to have a a huge picture window in the front of the house and patio doors in the back. The poor birds used to think they could fly right through. We eventually changed this for a bow window, with little curtain in each. The death count went down to zero.

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