Lucky swallows

birds playing in a cemetery urn

Folklore holds that a swallow nesting on your roof is lucky. If it flies into your house, it’s even more fortunate. I hope that’s true.

I watch the chittering birds bringing twigs and dreck into the garden, piecing together their roosts. Hurricane season is near, and they must be settled before the storms come.

Concrete vessels, stained green with rainwater algae, are a perfect foundation for a brooding family. Their constant back and forth doesn’t bother me. I enjoy watching the progress and activity, but I don’t know if swallows nesting on my tomb is all that lucky for me..

Light and Shade Challenge. "I don’t know what it is used for, though I daresay it would take some rubbing to get it out of the carpet."
Light and Shade Weekend Challenge: “One swallow does not make a summer.” ~ Aristotle

9 thoughts on “Lucky swallows

  1. I love when you teach me something even as you write. It’s the little stories inside your stories that are my favorite.


  2. Now and then we’ve had swallows trying to build nests near the front door of our house. We’ve always tried to discourage them from building there. Maybe if I’d known they were supposed to bring good luck, I wouldn’t have shooed them off!


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