The Lions

The Lions

The Lions – once again, brilliant wildlife photographer, Fred von Winckelmann has generously allowed me to share his stunning photographs. The sole purpose of this post is to highlight the beauty of the African lions, and to acknowledge their fragile tenure in the world. Estimates vary, but there may be as few as twenty to thirty thousand lions remaining in the wild. We, global citizens, must do everything we can to ensure that they continue to thrive on the vast, open lands where their ancestors left footprints in the sand. We owe them nothing less that our ceaseless efforts to protect them.

FRED 2

Thank you, Fred.

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Rest Well Now Tilikum

Rest Well Now Tilikum

And still they die. Victims of human ignorance, ugliness, lies and arrogance.

Rest Well Now Tilikum. They die because humans do not stand up together to demand that laws be changed – that our planet be respected and that all animals be granted the freedom they deserve. Qumquat – Limba – Marius – Tembe – Satao – Joy – Watoto – Arturo – Ronnie – Cecil and countless more. All at the hands of human kind. Murdered, captured, enslaved, exploited, poached, used and abused. They die because humans lack a moral compass. They die because we are a tragic, lost species.

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A Tribute To The Florida Bears

A Tribute To The Florida Bears

We Failed These Magnificent Black Bears

A Tribute To The Florida Bears – There are a few magnificent creatures who have iconic status in the animal world. The mighty blue whale can reach a length of 98 feet and weigh up to 180 tonnes. The elephant – the lion – the ape – the rhino – the wolf and the great white shark all engender a sense of awe in the beholder. But I venture to say that more children go to bed at night clutching a teddy bear than any combination of the aforementioned beings. Bears are a symbol of power – strength and love. In times past when a true hunter killed a bear to fulfil a human need – he honoured and thanked the animal for surrendering its life and he asked for forgiveness. Not so this day.

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The Red Shirt

The Red Shirt 

I want to wear my red shirt Daddy when we go across the sea
It’s my special one and I’ll be the best boy I can ever be
When I’m on the boat I’ll sit and be so very good
I’ll hang on really, really tight and do everything I should.

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I Am Cecil

I Am Cecil

I Am Cecil – The outrage is global –  his legacy will be powerful – his memory will not fade. I wrote this as a tribute to a magnificent lion butchered by a common, insignificant little man with a putrid, black soul. Cecil you will continue to shine as brightly as any star in the beautiful African night.  

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Poetry – A Veal Calf

Poetry – A Veal Calf

The Power Of The Written Word

Poetry – A Veal Calf – Just as a song can draw us into its melody and connect us to the power at its core – a well crafted poem can deliver a  message of hope, despair, humour, love, honour, kinship or compassion. A poet can move us to tears or laughter and with just one phrase – transport us to a time long past or an event about to take place.

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The Christmas Wish Of The Black Teddy

THE CHRISTMAS WISH OF THE BLACK TEDDY

By – ROSEMARY WRIGHT

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ON DECEMBER 12, 1979

 The Christmas Wish Of The Black Teddy – I wrote The Christmas Wish Of The Black Teddy in 1979. I was between jobs, short of discretionary money and it was Christmas. I had presents to buy for friends and family and I was more than a little worried about what to do. I thought about my predicament and decided to use my talent for writing – so I penned a story or poem for everyone.

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