who am/are

finding myself
I open the cages
I travel on paths
where I once was we

I open the cages
calm and unafraid
where I once was we
everything begins again

calm and unafraid
as intersected species
everything begins again
inside and out

as intersected species
abiding in before and after
inside and out
following life’s tides

abiding in before and after
I travel on paths
following life’s tides
finding myself

Sherry posted at earthweal this week about Jane Goodall and how her work with chimpanzees led her to start “Roots and Shoots, her program, now 30 years old, that inspires young people to plant trees and care for the areas in which they live”.

I knew I had posted before about chimpanzees as part of my endangered species series on methodtwomadness. When I went back and looked, I found that I had also talked then about Jane Goodall and her work.

Chimpanzees are our closest genetic relative. Of course we still have plenty of work to do learning to treat other humans with respect. We can start by opening the cage doors.

chimp 1s

My first pantoum of the week–there will be more.

24 thoughts on “who am/are

  1. I LOVE the opening of cage doors – when we do, the cages of our shrivelled hearts will open too and we will blossom. I LOVE this poem. And the wonderful painting. Sigh. So compassionate.

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  2. “Intersected species” is a curious term, I couldn’t find anything about it in relation to this elsewhere so I guess its an invention of your own. The genetics of hope? Whatever, it’s a calming and hopefully prescient weave. The illustrations are lovely. We need to extend the legal rights of humans to animals and trees. Mastery is peril. – Brendan

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