A little bird with plumage brown,
Beside my window flutters down,
A moment chirps its little strain,
Then taps upon my window pane,
And chirps again, and hops along,
To call my notice to its song;
But I work on, nor heed its lay,
Till, in neglect, it flies away.
So birds of peace and hope and love
Come fluttering earthward from above,
To settle on life's window-sills,
And ease our load of earthly ills;
But we, in traffic's rush and din
Too deep engaged to let them in,
With deadened heart and sense plod on,
Nor know our loss till they are gone.
~Paul Laurence Dunbar
One of my favorite little pieces of red transferware is this sparrow shaped bird ashtray from Clarice Cliff / Royal Staffordshire which hovers just above the entry table in our foyer. I have displayed it on my hutch in previous houses. It has lived better days as it's been dropped and broken and glued back together, but I still like it just the same.