Rippling liquid song
Fluent language; native tongue
I bow to your quench
Her curtains are drawn, as ducks convene
The stage is set for rest and dreams;
Most will slumber through and through
Others sacrifice sleep, to protect their crew.
~ Robyn Lee
The following is a bit of duck trivia that I found fascinating, demonstrating how, even at the most primitive level, living beings instinctually develop systems to protect their own. If you examine my photo above, you can see which ducks are ‘protecting’ this evening. Enjoy!
Much Love ~ RL
Dr. Niels Rattenborg has studied sleep patterns of birds, including ducks. He monitored the brain waves of ducks as they sleep and learned some interesting things. Ducks often spend the night together as a group, often sleeping in a row. The ducks on the end of the row or outside of the group are easily spooked by any movement nearby.
They sleep with their eye away from the group open, while the other eye is closed. Rattenborg found that one of the hemispheres of the brains of these outside ducks was functioning at 100% capacity while the other hemisphere was in sleep mode. Apparently the duck has the ability to sleep with half the brain at a time asleep while the other half is fully responsive to the environment.
There is an obvious advantage to this system. Not only is the duck protecting itself by being constantly awake on the side that danger might come from, but the duck is also protecting the other ducks in the center.
Discover, May 1999
Scientific American, May 1999
“Often the only way to receive the answer
is to release the question.”
“Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence,
that splendor is not beauty.”
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday weekend!
When life offers the
gift of opportunity,
we must be ready to take that plunge…
And when we plunge–
let it be without pause,
with pure passion,
and with every fiber of our being.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
~ Lao Tzu
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming – dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”
~ Edgar Allan Poe
“The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.”
~ Pablo Picasso
“All things are ready, if our minds be so.” ~ William Shakespeare
“You were born with wings” ~ Rumi
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