Sunday, June 7, 2009
Our friend Nunly asked susan to post a list of seven things she likes that couldn't include people. Taking the suggestion one step further she decided to foist the duty onto me using the excuse that few people other than her know anything about yours truly.
1. I enjoy human art (it must be nice having opposable thumbs). I've been around longer than you might guess and the picture above is a portrait of me copied from a cave wall in Lascaux, France. I told you I've been around a long time. I've known many great artists in between (vanGogh painted some cousins) and have perched for a few but there's been nobody quite so in tune with crowness since the shaman Wulla-mullung in Australia. His paintings haven't been found yet.
2. I like sailing ships - those big wooden ones folks used to venture out to sea on like barques, brigantines, frigates and galleons. They had masts and mizzens and miles of rope for perching on while the ocean breezes ruffled my feathers. Junks, sampans, catamarans and boats made from the reeds that grew in the great marsh of Mesapotamia. Metal ships have fed man's arrogance.
3. Old time pieces are another favorite thing. Pocket watches with chains and fobs aren't so much about being on time for appointments as they are simply pleasant to hold and examine. Time itself is meaningless except as a way of measuring change.
4. I like flowers. You see them as lovely examples of the gentle qualities of nature but in truth they are local reminders of the power of expression in the cosmos. They probably shouldn't exist at all but the fact they do, in every shape and size and in every climate, is a wonder.
5. Music might be the the original human art form, so ancient that nobody knows its beginnings, but you can still get clues here and there if you search long enough. If you listen to Water Drums by the Baka pygmy tribe you'll hear them playing a river.
6. I like it when humans live in harmony with their surroundings. Rammed earth houses, cob, paper, adobe, stone, bamboo and light concrete are all much more satisfying to your physical and aesthetic needs (and ours) than sterile steel and glass buildings.
7. My favorite thing of all is sharing a snifter of Remy Martin and some fruitcake (topped with marzipan and royal icing) while relaxing on my perch with dear friends. You should drop by for a chat some day.
I don't know much about how these things are done but susan has suggested I ask Liberality, Lover of Life and Linda to take the award for their wonderful blogs and also to share seven things they like about the world.