Wild Within

NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 25

Wild Within

Snowy Egret stalking still water
for needed nurture.
Aware of me and my need
to capture moment
of our mutual awareness.

Believe that somewhere within
must hold a bit of wildness,
a certain curiosity these wild creatures
recognize and find totally

How else to explain myriad encounters,
eye to eye contact, moments
of singular wonder and gratitude
shared with wild souls
such as this?

Elizabeth Crawford 4/25/2019

Process Notes: Definitely a result of the discussion after yesterday’s posting. Years ago, I read a book titled “Kin to All Life”, in which the author explained that we can talk to the animals we encounter, by projecting our thoughts in their direction. Our thoughts occur in picture form rather than spoken language. Out of curiosity, I tried it and was amazed to find myself in face to face encounters with hawks, a huge bald eagle, a restless tiger who separated herself from the group of her kind, to slowly wend her way around and up an incline at the zoo, coming directly to the thick glass where I was standing (holding my breath as she stood no more than a few feet in front of me). Wild deer, a few foxes, and once, a black wolf hunting a farmer’s field in Montana. I did write another poem about one such experience I shared with a friend who was wielding the camera, but was also aware of my own adventures, and chose to join in. It may be found here: https://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/moment-of-wonder/

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3 Responses to Wild Within

  1. Marianne says:

    I feel that your spirits connected on the most basic level, Elizabeth. What a rare experience. I don’t think it can happen to everyone, but only certain people who are intensely sensitive to and conscious of their surroundings. Beautiful writing!

    Thank you Marianne, and you might be right. The author of that book seemed to feel differently. He seemed to think that animals are open to such communication and might even seek it out on occasion. I personally think that if we offered them the respect they are due, they would return it, and wouldn’t that be a far better world to live in? Yet, we barely give it to one another, and that is so very sad. I cherish the encounters I have had and will always do so.



  2. Pamela says:

    Elizabeth, you are a lucky woman to have experienced this. I feel this with the little ones that I teach. But generally I haven’t felt it with animals. Well, only dogs, horses, and cats.
    Thanks for writing this.


    Thank you, Pamela. You are talking about domesticated creatures, and it works with them as well. But, I truly think, because of my own varied experiences, that wild animals, if approached with respect, will return the same. We have a large bird sanctuary here. It was there that I had an encounter with a large bald eagle. She was homed within a large cage at the back of a building. There were at least a dozen people there, when I entered, and the eagle was at the back of the huge cage. I slowly made my way to the front of the cage and just started telling her, in my mind, how beautiful and fierce she was. The front of the cage was lined with tree limbs, as some sort of barrier. As I spoke with her mentally, she came alert and started moving slowly toward the front of the cage, her eyes staring straight at me. She began to climb across the tree limbs very slowly and carefully, never taking her eyes off of me. My daughter stepped up next to me and said, in a low voice, “You’re talking to her, aren’t you?” I nodded, and she asked, “Can I do it too? What should I say?” I told her to tell the eagle how beautiful she was and to thank her for her presence. She did, and the eagle swiveled her head to look straight at my daughter, then swiftly turned her eyes back on me, continuing to climb even closer. Two things happened, I suddenly realized how huge those talons were, and my daughter leaned over and said, “Everyone is watching you. They seem to know there is something going on between you and that bird.” I turned to look over my shoulder and saw about a dozen people staring quietly in our direction, no one was moving or speaking. I turned back to the eagle and silently thanked her, said goodbye, and left the building, as the eagle turned away and went back to the back of that huge cage. That was one of those moments you never forget.



  3. annell4 says:

    Amazing and beautiful!!! You are right, it is too bad, most are not ready. Don’t understand, we are not such advanced creatures after all. Thanks for your comment about my poem.


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