11 posts tagged Animals
by Denise Levertov
Come into animal presence
No man is so guileless as
the serpent. The lonely white
rabbit on the roof is a star
twitching its ears at the rain.
The llama intricately
folding its hind legs to be seated
not disdains but mildly
disregards human approval.
What joy when the insouciant
armadillo glances at us and doesn’t
quicken his trotting
across the track and into the palm brush.
What is this joy? That no animal
falters, but knows what it must do?
That the snake has no blemish,
that the rabbit inspects his strange surroundings
in white star-silence? The llama
rests in dignity, the armadillo
has some intention to pursue in the palm-forest.
Those who were sacred have remained so,
holiness does not dissolve, it is a presence
of bronze, only the sight that saw it
faltered and turned from it.
An old joy returns in holy presence.
from Poems: 1960-1967. © New Directions, 1983.
With Madagascar, Andasibe, Lemurs, Chameleons and all things great and small found in a Naturalist’s Promised Land my focus. This poem resonates within - ‘Come into Animal Presence.’ - I do. I will. I am. Thank you The Celsius Journal 1414.
Moholoholo - Loved this sign. Although I did scratch the hyena through the fence despite the warning. Some girls do.
Yes they do ♥♥ Animals have Souls.
Girls collect an assortment of things. Scarves, shoes, jewelry, accessories. As do I. Yet to my name I also have a substantial collection of old miniature lead soldiers and toys. I can’t have enough. Wherever I travel, near or far, I find antique and bric-a-brack shops and this is what I ask for. Sometimes I luck it and find a few soldiers specific to the area or a battle. Other times there are miniature toys to be found in dusty cabinets. A friend who grew up in the French Belgium Congo recently gave me those that he played with as a child. There are more than 50 now, and I’m just getting started. They need me to love and cherish them. So please, if on your wonders you happen upon some lonely soldiers, let me know. There’s a girl right here that would like to take them home.
The suffering inflicted on animals in the name of medical research offends and saddens me.
However, this is reblogged from somebody who was one of the very first beneficiaries of the “new” polio treatment in the mid-50s. He was spared having to spend his life in an iron lung and owes his normality of life to such animals and such experiments.
So do many, many others. Maybe even you.
What are we to do?
Love these. Animal regulation series, Di Liu via designtrainer
Indian army personnel use a bulldozer to help save a wild elephant cub that got trapped in a water reservoir tank on Tuesday. The rescue mission occurred some 15 miles from the city of Siliguri.
see more — Almost Extinct: Elephants in Danger
Wild Dog, which is so beautiful to me with its painted colours, as seen at the Jukani Predator Sanctuary. (Pics by my cousin Sandra Yeo)
Jukani is located just off the N2 highway when heading from Cape Town towards Mossel Bay. A sanctuary for cats and predators established by Jurg and Karen Olsen, that allows an opportunity to see the animals from up close. Beautiful animals, but I’m not sure about the continued human contact and ‘cuddling’. It’s a little disconcerting to see Jurg enter the cage and embrace the male lion. Personally I’d rather see them wild and free, but then maybe I’m just slightly envious that I’m not in there getting the hug myself …. Your thoughts?
Photos contributed by Sandra Yeo.
I’m absolutely terrified of frogs, more than any other living crawling hopping creature, but this little guy is cute.