Wednesday, May 23, 2012

ELEPHANT WHISPERS

public domain photo - credits below

Elephant Whispers


Final Silence settled in.
And, who’s to say how the message arrived?
Spilled by the stars, perhaps, bandied by drumbeats,
thrumming of heartstrings, implications of eagles,
gossip of frogs insinuated in sinuous rivers,
tattled by trees, whispered in the wind, trunk to trunk….
It really doesn’t matter how
they discerned the news
or whether or not
you believe.
Still,
they
grieve

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Inspired by events following the death of Lawrence Anthony (author / The Elephant Whisperer

 “If there ever were a time, when we can truly sense the wondrous ‘interconnectedness of all beings,’ it is when we reflect on the elephants of Thula Thula. A man’s heart’s stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving. This man’s oh-so-abundantly loving heart offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving homage to their friend.”

The above quote was "clipped" from the news article.  "Click" on this link for more information:

public domain photo - credits:
Description
Deutsch: Herde Afrikanischer Elefanten (Loxodonta africana) verschiedenen Alters in der Serengeti
English: A herd of African Bush Elephants in Serengeti
Français : Un troupeau d'Éléphant de savane d'Afrique (Loxodonta africana). Photo prise dans le Serengeti, en Tanzanie.
Kiswahili: Matembo hawa waishi Serengeti
Date 29 July 2010, 11:00
Source Own work
Author Ikiwaner



18 comments:

  1. How moving, Pam! You have captured their intuitive nature so well.

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    1. Ahhh... thanks, Patricia! Such an intriguing story -- amazing animals. :-)

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  2. Oh, Pamela, goosebumps and they really do cry when they grieve. One of my most favorite elephants. I love how you move the message along in the elements of nature till they reach the elephants. Wow, well done and I want to cry to think of them so sad. :(

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! I knew you'd "get" this! So glad you like it! Sad, yes. :-]

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  3. Wonderful poem - love how you imagine the news was spread. Elegant, this was.

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    1. Thanks, Mosk! Elegant is good! :-)) Glad you enjoyed it. :-)

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  4. Very eloquent...Beautiful! Have you thought of publishing a book???

    All the Best!

    Wendy

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    1. Oh! Thank you, Wendy! I'd love to do a book... eventually. I've got a ways to go to build up some volume in terms of publishable material, I think -- as well as people who might be willing to read it. :-] But, thanks for asking. Do you have a blog I can visit?

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  5. Pamela, Elephants are one of my favorite animals, along with the underrated pig. Elephants have ways that defy human logic. I'm not surprised that they mourned their friend's passing. I cry for the elephants, who are so endangered in the wild, and tortured by circuses when they are in captivity... where is it safe for them to simply be? Thank you for a touching article and a beautiful poem. Peace, Amy

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    1. Thank you, Amy! I couldn't agree with you more. So very sad. And with Lawrence Anthony's passing, they've lost a strong advocate in the fight to save them from extinction.

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  6. Ohhhhhhhh. THIS:
    "Spilled by the stars, perhaps, bandied by drumbeats"
    And "whether or not you believe. Still, they grieve."
    Perfection.

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    1. Ahhh... sweet! Thank you, De!

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  7. This touches my heart. So sad, indeed, what we have done to the elephants, among many other wonderful animals we have had such a horrible impact upon as a group. A great tribute.

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    1. Thanks, annekatherine -- touching the heart is wonderful praise for a poem! :-) It IS sad, how homo (not-so-)sapiens often treats the earth & its inhabitants -- failing to recognize we are but one more tiny piece of the entire picture. :-/

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  8. I got it then and I get it now...wow...this piece is moving...I love this portion, " insinuated in sinuous rivers," I'm so glad you brought this one into the tour. ♥

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! It's one of my favorites too -- both the story & the poem! :-)

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  9. I love this section:
    "implications of eagles,
    gossip of frogs insinuated in sinuous rivers,
    tattled by trees"

    And the ending gave me chills!

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    1. Thanks, so much, Shawna! So glad you stopped by to read & enjoyed this piece!

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