Discourse with Friends

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Discourse with Friends

I wish I could speak with animals
in their language or mine,
What a wonder to hear each one;

What would the lion have to say
or the bird in the tree?

I might be careful speaking to Crocodile,
when he says hello I might fall in;
He might choke.

Mr and Mrs Elephant are high on my list,
so huge, yet gentle and kind. 
They could tell how to rear the young;

Also tell about their fear of homo sapiens,
especially those carrying killing machines.
Their sadness and grief at bereavements,
losses of mothers, fathers and kids.

They ask why?

To comfort myself I walk into the sea,
play with the Dolphins and listen
to the bright and happy exchange.

Their spirits are high but there is a sadness too,
do you know what happened to our food?
So much is now harming our young – and us all.

Meeting Mr and Mrs Elk in the forest glade,
they said the same as the Elephants,
also added, do you know why?
What could I say?

Mankind is yet not enlightened enough,
can’t understand;

The Sanctity of Life.

© miriam ivarson

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27 thoughts on “Discourse with Friends

  1. Miriam, a beautiful post and I love the idea of a discourse with our friends from the animal kingdom! 😀 One feels their wisdom would surpass our own and would express their sheer bewilderment at our actions that affect this wonderful world! I feel your sheer joy at the thought of joining the dolphins in the ocean, sensing their excitement of life itself … of course you’d have to chat with your gravatar namesake …Delphini! A sobering conclusion to this exquisite, playful and serious poem … when will we learn to treasure the sanctity of life!? Hugs xx ❤️

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    • Annika, thank you for this absolutely wonderful and deep comment.
      You feel both the joy and the sadness. They are all intermingled.
      I especially smile at the wise words ” 😀 One feels their wisdom would surpass our own …”. Could very well be true as they adapted in harmony with the environment around them.
      Indeed, are we as a race prepared to treasure the sanctity of life.
      Xx 💕
      miriam

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  2. Oh, so beautiful and poignant, Miriam ❤

    I share your response: "Mankind is yet not enlightened enough, / can’t understand; // The Sanctity of Life." Thank you for spreading awareness.

    The few among us who understand the sanctity of life lack the political power to change the pervasive narrative–enforced with lies, misinformation, deception, and military might–that places profits before life.

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    • Thanks for your wonderful comment Rosaliene, it warms my heart.
      That you feel the poem spreads awareness fills me with gratitude.
      The more we all understand how we all are united on this Earth the greater the chance is for change.
      Let us go forward in positive spirit and be glad that the environmental issues are taken very serious now – including that of our animals. 💕🦋

      Miriam

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  3. What a lovely discourse, may I join in?
    While the bird in the tree would charm you with her lilting song, the lion might discuss some serious issues with you Miriam. Birds have more choices, as they are not shackled by the greed of humans…I would like to fly with them but I would be speechless when asked why those killing machines are available so freely…probably your answer is more thoughtful dear friend. William Wordsworth’s words echo around me… “What man has made of man!”

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  4. Thanks for your beautiful comment Balroop and I am happy you want to take part of the discourse. Fascinating they all are. Birds do stand for freedom as they so easily can fly away but yet they are part of the same environment as we all. The Lion looks like a deep thinker, and he is beautiful.

    I love your Wordsworth quote, how true it is. Now, man will have to do better of man. 💕 .

    miriam

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  5. This is beautifully written, Miriam. I have many birds in my garden. I wish I could talk with them, but they come at the same hour every day for feeding. Some perch on the wires, and if I’m late, they come down to the patio to remind me. I also have a family of three hummingbirds going nowhere but the front and the back garden. I’ll see if they stay for winter. 🙂 ❤

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  6. Thank you Miriam for your kind words.
    Like you I quietly talk to the birds each day and have many in the garden. squirrel is a curious and quick witted conversationalist too…..no hummingbirds here, too cold. 😊. I do get deers too at times.

    Be it that we all understood each other – emotionally.

    miriam

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  7. Straight from the heart, almost like stream of consciousness thinking.
    On another note, our cat is very vocal and has a different cry or meow for everything. For example, She gives a little yip when we let her in. I’m sure she means it as a thank you.

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    • Thank you for your lovely comment Jennifer. I like the ‘ Stream if Consciousness ‘ 😊 , one English poet called it Tumblers. Many are like that for me, the editing comes after.
      Your cat and pets in general do indeed develop a language that humans can understand. All animals between themselves have their own. It is amazing.
      There are scientific study of the language of whales, dolphins … and the pattern makes full sense as a language even to our ears.

      Miriam

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  8. You got me on this one, Miriam. I have such respect for all life–plants even–that I no longer can abide by killing animals even to prolong human life. I won’t make that choice–that we are better. I don’t even think we are.

    Thank you for this poem.

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  9. Thanks Jacqui, I am so glad you liked it.
    I really do speak to birds …. got a good conversation going with one of the resident blackbirds. Talking to plants is beneficial to them and us.

    Respect and love goes a long way to establish harmony between all living things.

    miriam

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  10. Wonderful perception to your title, Miriam, and so poignant in this current day of our planet suffering. Man has enjoyed many conveniences, but sadly, those conveniences have been at the expense of our animal friends. This is one of my favorites. xo

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  11. Thank you for your beautiful comment, Lauren. I am so glad you liked this poem as I was very hesitant before posting. It all started with the title and flowed on from there. Maybe we are so aware of the suffering brought to the planet and its inhabitant that it subconsciously worries us.

    Happily there are great steps being taken so harmony will one day be restored. Xo
    Miriam

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  12. Miriam,, as I read your post I wonder also in delight at understanding what our animal brethren have to share with us. Could it be that within there seaming. simple way of life that they know the deep secrets of life,

    Thought-provoking and beautifully written… jc

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  13. Thank you for your lovely and pondering comment Jeff. I am glad you liked my words.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if the animals , with their age old connection to life and the mysteries of our planet, are in tune with what to us seems secret. To them it might be as normal as pressing a button on a machine is to us.
    Bless

    miriam

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  14. Yup. I am with that thought daily. We live in a somewhat insular world on this island in the middle of the sea. Yet even here there is ignorance and cruelty to animals and nature. How best to elevate awareness in the collective if many just don’t care? I have to trust mother nature is always going to be the best teacher. We have yet to see all she has in store, may never see. But I suspect she’s got some tricks up her sleeve. 😉😘

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  15. Thank you for your thoughtful comment Bela. I am glad you are with me in my thinking. Maybe I am a dreamer but I think more and more people care
    and this thought is borne out as I listen to young intelligent students.
    I totally agree with you Bela, Mother Nature is the best teacher but as part of the whole we need to cooperate.
    I do agree about the tricks up the sleeve, we are small in the whole, yet able to upset.🤗😉

    Miriam

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