on the journey
…the tide was out, and I was fascinated by the different colours and shapes under the town bridge.
Been a sad day here today. Two whales, a mother and her calf, got stranded on the beach near Dargaville. Rescuers did all they could but sadly the baby died. They were trying to refloat the mother today but not hopeful now as high tide has passed. I guess that poor mother just couldn’t bear to leave her baby… I wrote her a Karakia.
Bless O Lord, Leviathan
tossed out from the sea
called by her calf
on the dangerous strands.
Pity for a mother
bereft of her child
and those who labor
to save her life.
Whale song drifting
on the tides
When all beneath heaven abides in love
we work the fields with song and dance
but when all beneath heaven forgets love
war-horses rage across the land
What misery is greater than a lack of contentment
and what greed greater than the passion for gain
holding contentment within
there is where the secret lies
after Tao Te Ching (6th Century BC)
I don’t want to hear
the news, wildfires and floods
despair, hunger and wars
once again, nowhere
for the dove to land
and we, blinded by lies
propaganda and possessions
stagger towards apocalypse
no time for horror
just make a start
loving our neighbour
while there is time
© Maureen Sudlow
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