Animals, Environment, Life, People, Poetry


It has been a full week since I have posted anything. We are all caught up in the whirlwind of life at times; work, family, friends.  Sometimes it’s nice to just sit down and breathe.  I just had one of these moments to sit and THINK!  I went through photos from our Melbourne (Australia) trip.  We had the chance to see our son, daughter in law and grandson (man it makes me feel old, saying grandson, and I’m not even 50 yet!)  We went to the Melbourne zoo; and although I’m not particularly fond of zoos, it was a lovely family outing.  I just scribbled this poem, and found that this photo my husband took was very well suited.  The beautiful ape sitting, having a snack and contemplating, really moved me.



8 thoughts on “Imagination”

  1. Sharon, this is a most wonderful scribbling, my friend! I love it and believe it’s one of my favorites of yours. I think they all are…anyway, wonderful photo, as well! I’m starting to feel that way about zoos, too. I love looking at the animals, but can’t get over the fact that they’re in captivity. I’m still not sure if it’s a good thing or not. Maybe it depends on the animals themselves? Anyway, wonderful post! Have a great day! Hugs!

    1. Thank you Lauren, you’re lovely, I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again! xx
      Yes, zoos are paradoxical really! On one hand it’s rather cruel, caging wild animals in small spaces (although many zoos today attempt to give their guests the best living conditions possible). Yet, many zoos (at least here in Australia) use zoos to bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction. I know here at the Perth zoo, they have brought the Chuditch (Quoll) and the Numbat back. There were very few left in the wild, so they set up successful breeding programs; these native animals can be seen in the bush often now, where at one point you would never see them. So I guess, although I cringe when I see lovely wild animals being locked up, I try to consider the fact that humanity has become a little more educated, and really want the best for our environment and the beautiful creatures we have been given to take care of.

      1. Well, after reading your words, I feel a little better, too, about zoos and captivity. I knew there was some good, but hadn’t looked closely enough. Thanks, my friend, and also for your lovely complement. I feel the same way about you! xxx

  2. The photo pf the great ape is, well, great. When I see them, I often wonder what they are thinking–and I know they are thinking! Your poem suits the photo perfectly. I don’t know if animals are better off in zoos (much more humane places now than when I was a kid) or in the wild where poachers and hunters can’t be stopped regardless of laws. I just wish we would see our animal friends as part of us, not beneath us (in the hierarchy of things, that is).

    1. I agree Lorna, animals and the environment are a part of us. They deserve to be on this planet just as much as we do (sometimes I think wildlife are more deserving than we are). Often I also think, who are the wild ones; intelligence is often not a human trait! 😉

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