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The swallow has always had a symbolic meaning for sailors because these birds were usually the first sign that land was near (before modern navigation technology).
A swallow tattoo for a sailor reflected his hope of coming home safely. Another fact is that swallows return home every year, no matter where they are. Every year, Mission San Juan Capistrano in California plays host to this wonder of nature. A flock of the tiny birds numbering in the tens or even hundreds of thousands descends upon the mission in a grand display of the workings of migration.
The swallow is a bird that chooses a mate for life. Therefore a swallow tattoo is also a symbol for love and loyalty to the family.
Originally posted by Sublimecraft
reply to post by Egyptia
Phew...........I was starting to think I may have freaked you out there for a minute.
Slayer got me all paranoid
Thanks for the nice comments and may I reciprocate by saying how deeping moving you poem is to me - I have printed it out in a san serif font, laminated it and is now travelling the seven seas with me - stuck on the bulkhead in my cabin!