Dailysketch: Smoking Robin 12072016 Picture

Something festive, no?

This is an American Robin, which is technically a thrush. (I don't know how big a difference that is with european Robins, only that European-Americans have a tendency to rename North American animals after European ones, regardless of how related they actually are). Robins tend to be mythological, symbolic animals all the same. They have associations with Spring and fire. Having a red chest will do that.

As manifestations of spring, it makes sense that they should appear at the apex of winter's darkness. As the sun the dies, a tiny bird refusing the dark would be one heck of a heroic tale. But for me, I gave the fella a pipe.

A fire in the cold. A bit of pipesmoke in the snow. Early bird, annoyed he can't get the worm.

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