Posts Tagged ‘sparrow’

Birds by Jacqui Dunham


Zipporah (from the Hebrew צִפּוֹר or tzippor) means “bird” or “sparrow.” According to the book of Exodus, she was the wife of Moses. She is celebrated in American pop culture especially in the animated film, “The Prince of Egypt,” voiced by Michelle Pfeiffer.

“16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and watered their flock. 18 When they came home to their father Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?”19 They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.” 20 He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.” 

Exodus 2:16-22

Cyanotypes by Victoria Bourne

What is cyanotype?





* Victoria Bourne is an artist and art therapist who lives in Davis, California.


Birds in the Bible: A Curse that is Causeless

“Like a sparrow in its flitting,

like a swallow in its flying,

a curse that is causeless

does not land.”

Proverbs 26:2

After Two Days of Rain

After two days of rain, there was a break in the storm
and the birds came out:

a gray nuthatch hopping up and down an oak tree trunk by Willowcreek,
two sparrow-lovers silhouetted in the branches by the sun through the mist,

a spotted towhee in an orange tree,
a blue jay in a green field,

mockingbirds dashing low across the path,
more towhees in the trees! more sparrows in the scrub! —

and a yellow one on the fence, who glanced over his shoulder at me
before he disappeared into someone else’s yard —

and all around, I could hear
the singing.


South Davis, CA

The Sunflower, the Sparrow & the Saints

The darkness of early morning
began to break
as light sprang into the sky
over two hills.

The green plant lifted up
her yellow head:
a sunflower
following the sun.

A sparrow came to the flower’s face
and took away a seed,
then went winging her way back
to three nestlings in her nest.

She fed them
and spread her wings over them,
and their father came
to be with them

as the Presence
overshadowed the small family,
smiling on their life
and blessing them.

Then three saints appeared in the sky:
Joan of Arc,
Saint Francis,
and Stanislawa Lecsynska, midwife.

For the holy ones wait on new life,
now growing toward their first flight.

Jane Beal
Casa Capitol, CA


video of sparrows eating sunflower seeds




Birds in the Bible: “The Sparrow Finds a Home”

“Even the sparrow finds a home

 and the swallow a nest for herself

where she may lay her young

at your altars,

O LORD of hosts,

my King and my God.

Blessed are those who dwell in your house

ever singing your praise!”

Psalm 84:3-4