Tuesday, August 16, 2011

voices in the sky

THE human heart has hidden treasures,
In secret kept, in silence sealed;
The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures,
Whose charms were broken if revealed.
And days may pass in gay confusion,
And nights in rosy riot fly,
While, lost in Fame's or Wealth's illusion,
The memory of the Past may die.
Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)novelist & poet
excerpt from Evening Solace found in Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (1846)

tattoo tuesday continues....

for me one of the most charming tattoos is the bluebird. like many designs, bluebird tattoos have nautical roots - rumor has it that when a sailor traveled 5,000 miles at sea he would get a bluebird tattoo on his chest and when he completed 10,000 miles he would get a second bluebird on the other side. like many nautical designs bluebird tattoos easily transferred to the general public -- i have found that bluebirds are very popular among both women and men.

bluebirds have long been regarded as a sign of happiness, prosperity and good health in many different cultural traditions - and it is a bit staggering to consider all the attention, poems, songs and myths that surround this endearing little bird.

in today's tattoo cosmology a bluebird is regarded as a symbol of luck.

Bluebird flying high,
Tell me what you sing.
If you could talk to me,
What news would you bring
Of voices in the sky?
-from moody blues voices in the sky

the moody blues classic song voices in the sky (1968) - gosh does this song bring back some wonderful memories days of my (misspent) youth -- hmmm, now that i think of it is probably a good thing that tattoos weren't the rage in the late 60's early 70s as they are today..... otherwise who knows how inked up this mouse might be.....


Watson said...

That's a beautiful tatoo mouse, but my thought is that the person who wears it can't see it on her back! I thought of you yesterday when I saw a woman with tatoos in a store! If I had had a camera I would have asked her for a picture!

Betsy Brock said...

Well, you know I love birds! :)

Steve Reed said...

I have NEVER heard that Moody Blues song -- and I love the Moodys. I wonder how that one got past me?

I agree about tattoos -- I'm glad they weren't popular when I was in college, because I'm sure I'd have at least one, and I'd probably eventually regret it!

karen said...

Tattoo Tuesdays are giving me the notion to get one! I often wonder if some of these are signed pieces of body art...by the artist...ya know... they're so good. And how do they find artists this good? See...I'm thinking about it.....Oo....