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osiris 04-15-2007 01:41 PM

OK, I get it.
The lone wolf stood upon the precipice which looked over the magnificent valley below. It was dusk, as the last illumination of the sun receded below the western horizon.
This was his domain, and he was the alpha male of his pack, yet had turned his back upon them to make his way through the wilderness alone.
Still, he was lonely, and longed for a mate.
Upon the horizon the moon began to rise. From a distance the wolf could be viewed sillouetted upon her full face.
The wolf was compelled to throw his voice across the valley, and sanctify his place among all the rocks, trees, and animals, and especially his brothers and sisters who he missed.
Maybe they would hear his voice and come to him.
Illuminated in lunar glory the lone wolf began to trumpet. He trumpeted and trumpeted continuously.
It was not long before the trumpeting of wolves could be heard across the entire valley, as all his brothers and sisters were trumpeting in his honor, and trumpeting for each other, and just trumpeting in the joy of being alive.

Bell 04-15-2007 03:39 PM

elephants howl and wolves can trumpet
osiris..as i read i was feeling the beauty of your story and then when you got to the trumpeting i laughed out loud.
loved it.

it's poetic


debabbott 04-15-2007 06:09 PM

The Big Elephant
The Big Elephant is much wiser than I
I don't know how she does it, how she knows
But she does and I have come to trust her words
Not really words, but thoughts transmitted to me
Or more so feelings and so I feel her intent.

And so, as she is the big protective beast
She leads her loves to safety and holds them there
And when the danger has passed, she looks around
And smiles and then walks forward, plodding along
Leading all to her succulent grounds.

She has an inert wisdom of where she needs to be
At any given time and at this time she goes to the river
She sinks into the waters and then quite playfully
Sprays all those around her, laughing in her delight
She holds all close to her in her might.

It is a cleansing time for all who have come
A playful time of tenderness and care
A rejuvenating, a release of all that is past
A time of reveling and just to enjoy
She then goes to feed upon the eager trees.

She never looks back, only ahead...

Love, Deb

show 04-15-2007 07:08 PM

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"she never looks back, only ahead......"

debabbott 04-15-2007 08:32 PM

Originally Posted by lightshow
"she never looks back, only ahead......"

Yeah, that seems to be the lesson for me.

osiris 04-16-2007 02:24 AM

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Elephants are the loveliest people.

pilot 04-16-2007 07:48 AM

" dont forget what you know! "

- the elephant never forgets.

Bell 04-16-2007 08:46 AM

Originally Posted by debabbott

It is a cleansing time for all who have come
A playful time of tenderness and care
A rejuvenating, a release of all that is past
A time of reveling and just to enjoy
She then goes to feed upon the eager trees.

She never looks back, only ahead...

Love, Deb

i feel it....
like the wind
these words
have blown across me
like sage.
i feel cleansed.

a few days ago, friday, i was at the top of sam's point in ny state...the wind was strong...and i relate this verse to what i experienced there.

debabbott 04-16-2007 07:52 PM

The Big Elephant
The Big elephant never tarries for too long
She engulfs herself on what is available at the time
And then she moves on
Lingering beyond is not in her sense of being
And so she moves, she moves, she walks on.

And yet she senses those who wish to linger and ponder
She allows them to do so for a time,
Understanding their hold on what is or was
But as she moves slowly from her presence, she gives notice
And makes her awareness known to the others, subtley.

Moving slowly then, she brings attention to her movements
Not by force but by presence
No sense in holding on to what is past, she thinks.
For this will not be here tomorrow
We have to find a new day, a new holding for the new day.

And so she walks, slowly she walks, planting her feet into the new ground
Ambling forward always, never looking back
And then she feels her charges following, ever so gently
It does not matter to her for she will be moving forward anyway
But it is nice to know that the others feel it so as well.

Nice to know, for the moment, that she will not be alone....

Love, Deb

osiris 04-18-2007 01:22 PM

The Elephant meet the Wolf near the spring by the granite pinnacles that spired above them into a cloudless blue sky.

"Ya' know we have a bit of a conundrum here." said the Elephant to the Wolf. "Yes I am aware of this answered the Wolf." The Elephant continued,
"Those people posting on The Encounter Board at Shirley MacLaine's have got us all screwed up!

"Tell me about it!" said the Wolf. "My pack and I have been trumpeting all across the land. It is down right embarrassing! Nothing like this has ever happened before!"
The Elephant agreed, "My people are on the verge of tears continuously. We won't talk to each other anymore, and we wont announce our presence at the water hole, and we can't call after our children because they think it's you coming after them! My goodness! Who on Earth could have conceived of Elephants that Howl?!?!"

"....and trumpeting Wolves! How absurd!" Added the wolf.

The Elephant sighed, "I know this is all just one big misunderstanding.", and the Wolf agreed, "Yes, that is all this is. How bout' we just swap our howling and trumpeting back again without telling anyone, and just continue on as if nothing ever happened. No one will have their feelings hurt, and we can be one big happy family again."

So The Elephant and The Wolf swapped their voices back to the way it is supposed to be.

The Elephants all across the world now trumpeted with joy for having their trumpeters returned to them, and The Wolves now bey and howl at the moon and for each other with the joy of having a unique misunderstanding resolved.

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