I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach thousand stars how not to dance

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Song sparrow in bare branches: dare to sing, learn to listen, love to learn

(excerpt)

that you should ever think,may god forbid
and(in his mercy)your true love spare:
for that way knowledge lies;the foetal grave
called progress,and negation’s dead undoom.

I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing
than teach thousand stars how not to dance

by e e cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962)
from Selected Poems, 2007
V Love and its Mysteries
6 you shall above all things be glad and young
image – qmnonic

Learning to Sing

Like many other songbirds, the male Song Sparrow uses its song to attract mates as well as defend its territory. Laboratory studies have shown that the female Song Sparrow is attracted not just to the song itself, but to how well it reflects the ability of the male to learn. Males that used more learned components in their songs and that better matched their song tutors (the adult bird they learned their songs from) were preferred.
from Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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One Response to “I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach thousand stars how not to dance”

  1. Phylis Dhamer Says:

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