Beside an iris
Of hummingbird wings
Most of us see birds as a symbol of freedom, or even as symbols of the future. Their ability to soar high into the sky and their proximity with the sky makes them desirable for humans who cannot fly without substitute wings. From time immemorial, mankind has considered birds to be signs of eternal life. Many folklores and stories suggest that birds were taken as signs of renewed life, often as a transition between life and death. Many even consider them to be an idea or proposal for the future.
In many cultures around the world, birds are thought to be a supernatural link between the heavens above and the earth below.
In the Middle East and Asia birds are symbols of immortality. In East Indian mythology, all birds represent a departed soul, and in Christian art, birds are often depicted as saved souls.
The crane is a symbol of long life and immortality. The eagle represents power, resurrection and generosity. The falcon signifies, “A Light that Shines in the Darkness”. The nightingale suggests love and longing. The owl is often associated with death and darkness; but it also can bring wisdom, insight and virtue. The peacock heralds in springtime, birth, new growth, longevity, and love. And the tiny sparrow, represents the love of God for even the “least” among us.