Posted by: drjamm | May 21, 2009

Duck gets trapped by glass

I once asked a bird
“How is it that you fly
in this gravity of darkness?”
She responded,
“Love lifts me.”



I was just preparing to post an entry with the above quote from Hafiz when this wild duck flew in the yard. — I kid you not.


Because the duck could not “see” the glass it repeatedly rammed itself again and again into the glass — and, obviously, hurt itself repeatedly.


The run way necessary for the duck to take flight was much longer than the deck space available.


We gently caught the duck in a towel and released it in an area with no glass.

I can’t decide whether I should discuss the amazing irony of the entry I had planned to post in which I reflect on Hafiz’s poem “Love lifts me” compared to the inability of this duck to get “lifted” into flight — or whether to discuss how hauntingly familiar the phenomena of “hitting the invisible wall” feels to me. How many times have I rammed into an invisible wall — never seeing my barrier — but only feeling the the consequent injuries of the violent impact?

Instead of my discussing this contemplative gift — this incredible living metaphor — that literally landed in my life, I have decided to post a mini video we took of the duck’s rescue for YOUR contemplation. You are invited to discuss, either here at bright heart singing, or privately in your own life, what this duck’s predicament brings up for you.

I promise to post my original entry for you to read in the future sometime :0).

P.S. Do you know what kind of duck this is?

May “Love lift you” today and every day. Blessed Be.

*******       bright heart singing                              credits and links             *******

the gift by hafizPoem credit: “Love lifts me”, in The Gift written by Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky.

Photo and video credits – photos by jamm @ bright heart singing; video (my first youtube ever!) by jamm and “luna” and special guest appearance by Mr. Duck.

bright heart singing, copyright 2009 – jamm. Creative commons attribution, non-commercial sharing only (translation: feel free to quote me in context or use this entry but please always credit me for my work, thanks.)



  1. I heard all about the duck in the classroom. I think it was an amazing reason to be late for school. 🙂 It makes you think about taking the time out for the small things that mean so much.

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