Bird on a wire



If I could find the specific type of bird the message would be more complete but sometimes the message is simply what you see.

This Bird is a Purple Martin;
Purple Martin Animal Totem: teaches cooperation, establishing peace, shows team work and community action. Pay attention to ancestral ways. Martin shows how to take flight with aerial precision. Higher realms may be opening at this time which is a time to expand spiritually and go beyond comfort level. Watch for and keep aware of new opportunities. These chances may prove to be long lasting if you listen to Martin. Purple Martins are associated with the divine and is a good luck bird. Any home that has Purple Martins nested on it is considered fortunate and blessed.

Here we see a bird on a wire above the water.
It generally means to observe something from a detached viewpoint. In a self-help book for writers by that title, it represents ideas that come one by one to you to consider just as birds usually land on the wires one by one so they all can hang on without causing others to fall. And this bird is sitting ABOVE his/her emotional waters. Clearly looking at things from a higher perspective.
High voltage electrical transmission wires carry huge quantities of energy, usually at high voltage. Anything providing a conductive path between two of the (usually) three wires (or one of the wires and earth-ground) is liable to be severely burned, vaporized or killed.

On the other hand, a “bird on the wire” is perfectly safe, as no cross-conductive-path is created. This normally occurs all the time.

Similarly a very well insulated worker, isolated from the other (2) wires or ground, can work bare-hands on a dangerously “live” or “hot” wire without danger to him or herself. Sometimes a high-wire worker may hang from a helicopter, totally isolated from earth.

Thus, “bird on a wire” describes the safe state of total isolation, in this profession.
Well, bird on a wire may well be pretty much like well… it’s not uncommon to walk a dog and refer to it as dog on a leash, isn’t it?

So to me, a Bird on a Wire is not free.

“So this suggests freedom. But the next line (Like a worm on a hook) suggests the opposite.”

I’ve always thought that ‘a worm on a hook’ suggests it would rather not be on a hook, but in the earth in a garden; that the last place a worm would like tae be is on a hook; that the worm would like tae be free from the hook.

A worm on a hook wriggles incessantly to be rid of the hook; it wants to be free.

Not a bird in flight, not a drunk in a cantina, not a worm in the ground…

therefore, all images contrary to freedom, but not without the possibility of taking flight, heading for the cantina,
or wiggling away

tolerance of constraint as long as freedom is but a motion away…
“Bird On A Wire”

Like a bird on a wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free
Like a fish on a hook
Like a knight from an old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons with thee

And if I have been unkind
I hope that you will just let it go by
And if I have been untrue
I hope you know it was never to you

Like a baby stillborn
Like a beast with his horn
I have torn everyone who reached out for me

But I swear by this song
By all I have done wrong
I’ll make it all up to you

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch
He called out to me “Don’t ask for so much”
And a young man leaning on his darkened door
He cried out to me “Hey, why not ask for more”

Like a bird on a wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free


Post time: 12-26-2016