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Quoted in The Grove:
If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.
~Harriet Tubman

The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique. The winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit.
~Joseph Stowell

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~Martin Luther King, Jr

EndQuote:
Inside my empty bottle
I was constructing a lighthouse
While all the others
Were making ships.
~Charles Simic

 

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Exercise Prompt for 06/14:  heart

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God, please help us remember that all the darkness in the world cannot snuff out the light of one little candle.
~Marian Wright Edelman

One torch can dissipate the accumulated darkness of a thousand aeons.
~Tilopa

You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.
~Arlo Guthrie

Whatever torch we kindle, and whatever space it may illuminate, our horizon will always remain encircled by the depth of night.
~Arthur Schopenhauer

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Posted from the Grove

There is in every village a torch – the teacher; and an extinguisher – the priest.
~Victor Hugo

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
~Blaise Pascal

I have lost my faith, but I gained the truth! It is not important at all to lose your candle as long as you find a torch!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan

God presents Himself in the light; He also conceals Himself by the light — just as we present ourselves in our garments and conceal ourselves by our garments.
~John Pulsford

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~Andrew Hui:  In praise of aphorisms*
https://aeon.co/essays/aphorisms-tell-philosophys-history-as-fragments-not-systems

 

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It is almost impossible to carry the torch of truth through a crowd without singeing somebody’s beard.
~Georg C Lichtenberg

Truth is a torch but a tremendous one. That is why we hurry past it, shielding our eyes, indeed, in fear of getting burned.
~Goethe

It is dangerous for mortal beauty, or terrestrial virtue, to be examined by too strong a light. The torch of Truth shows much that we cannot, and all that we would not, see.
~Samuel Johnson

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~Anne Applebaum:  The Collaborators  ̶  History Will Judge The Complicit*
https://theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/trumps-collaborators/612250/?ncid

 

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All great movements are popular movements. They are the volcanic eruptions of human passions and emotions, stirred into activity by the ruthless Goddess of Distress or by the torch of the spoken word cast into the midst of the people.
~Adolf Hitler

Whoever lights the torch of war in Europe can wish for nothing but chaos.
~Adolf Hitler

When men of infamy to grandeur soar,
They light a torch to show their shame the more.
~Edward Young

An age is called “dark,” not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it.
~James Michener

It is high time that we had lights that are not incendiary torches.
~George Sand

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VIDEO:

~Nkululeko Lebambo:  The Olympian’s Torch   (1:58)
https://vimeo.com/98282459

 

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Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
~Rabindranath Tagore

The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.
~Joseph Campbell

Light comes to us unexpectedly and obliquely. Perhaps it amuses the gods to try us. They want to see whether we are asleep.
~H M Tomlinson

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~Harvey Fierstein:  Torch Song Trilogy soliloquy   (4:59)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMQwXAnQlko

 

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A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways – by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul.
~Plato

There are two kinds of light – the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
~James Thurber

There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~Edith Wharton

Truth is the torch that gleams through the fog without dispelling it.
~Claude Adrien Helvetius

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MUSIC:  stories, tears, torch songs

~Franco Nero:  If Ever I Would Leave You  (2:38)       the promise

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~Josh Ritter:  Every Time We Say Goodbye   (2:43)      with conditions

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~Elvis Presley:  Softly As I Leave You   (2:42)                  and broken

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~Shiratori Emiko:  I Will Wait For You  (3:57)                promise renewed

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~Peggy Lee:  Is That All There Is   (4:38)                    the question as answer

 

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You think I’m not a goddess? Try me. This is a torch song. Touch me and you’ll burn.
~Margaret Atwood

I do not know if you remember the tale of the girl who saves the ship under mutiny by sitting on the powder barrel with her lighted torch… and all the time knowing that it is empty? This has seemed to me a charming image of the women of my time. There they were, keeping the world in order… by sitting on the mystery of life, and knowing themselves that there was no mystery.
~Isak Dinesen

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No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
~Terry Pratchett

Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow’s speed.
~Howard Nemerov

Nothing travels faster than light, with the possible exception of bad news, which follows its own rules.
~Douglas Adams

“Torches,” Porak ordered. “This is dumb,” Jig grumbled as one of the others handed out torches. “Why not run ahead and warn any intruders that we’re coming? Maybe we should sing, too, in case they’re blind.
~Jim C Hines

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Fallen Blossoms
© David Lorenz Winston

 

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This life is a shadowy thing, lad. We live in a crowded space of lights and shadows…
~James Michael Pratt

Alas! must it ever be so?
Do we stand in our own light, wherever we go,
And fight our own shadows forever?
~Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
~Maori Proverb

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.
~Ruth E Renkel

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@Writers Platform

What is to give light must endure burning.
~Viktor Frankl

Books are flesh-and-blood ideas and cry out, silently, when put to the torch.
~Ray Bradbury

Torch every book. Burn every page. Char every word to ash. Ideas are incombustible. And therein lies your real fear.
~Ellen Hopkins

Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?
~Maurice Freehill

 

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Exercise Prompt:  torch

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Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it’s warm and you won’t see the dust on the floor.
~Irish Proverb

What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.
~Joseph Joubert

This evening, I sat by an open window
and read till the light was gone and the book
was no more than a part of the darkness…
~Ted Kooser

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~BarTalk:

Torch, The Truth

We abducted, we brought them here
Ourselves, ruler and master of slaves
Made them concubines and footstools
Hung them on a nearby Oxbow cross
On some privileged white woman’s word

Ironic, in repayment they repaid us
Their onetime masters with a mastery
Of magic and sorcery, gave us music
Gave us sport heroes for our arenas
All out of proportion to population

Still, they die an unholy ratio
Do themselves easy with drugs
Suicide each other with guns
Hoods cruisin’, bruisin’ the hood
Bleeding out on Sacrifice Street

Destitute? then make hopelessness a crime
Deprived? then name and blame the victim
Makes no sense of course, but let’s ask
Why an advantaged young woman in anguish
Cuts herself for the bleeding’s fleeting relief

Yes, let’s arm against people by color
Pretend against remembered reality
Hide from the discoveries of history
Use time-worn lies to torch the truth, or
With its light, use that truth for a torch

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Hypothesis

Given…
that words are about enabling truth
that history is time’s testimony of it
that art is about expressing it
that philosophy is about mining for it
that religion is about living it

Supposing that…
charlatans are about preaching ‘truth’
lawyering is about shading it
commerce is about manufacturing it
politics is about manipulating it
governments about dictating it

Knowing that…
lying is about hiding truth
liars are about torching it
trust is about needing it
love is about breathing it
honor is about abiding by it

Believing…
that truth is alive and embraces life
that lies are loud and hard to hide
that truth, a language like any other
needs a man to speak the truth,
else how can the truth be told him

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foreign

english only
in the land of spanish
they utter
i mutter
lo siento
no comprendo
yo americano stupido
they nod
they agree
and walk away
the torch gutters out

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economics

who will man the farms and mills
children are hotly inconvenient
time consuming and expensive
who will work and pay the taxes
to fill the ditch the rich have dug

grow stale, spoiled and enfeebled
effete, barren and fruitless
exhausted, staid with sterile cliches
when the world is fertile with youth
a market eager to work and buy

douse the lighted torch
pretend and defend this truth
our newly improved American way
the higher the wall the better
Emma Lazarus would laugh

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5-7-5-7-7 x 4

blackness for background
pebble Earth hanging in space
fears of each other
a blink from oblivion
orbit our torch of the sun

lost without a map
a dim light in darkness
a torch to follow
dangers lurk in the shadows
yet yon light leads us forward

our hist’ry ’til now
road from the dark empty void
torch of our future
needs the light of each other
joined in the wisdom of One

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maples come autumn
birds of paradise in spring
orchard oranges
black eyed susans in flower
torch the green scene into flames

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5-7-5 x 3

new love like a torch
burns pitch hot for a moment
flames out at the end
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love’s long burning torch
warms as it cheers and lights up
cold dark roads of life
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upside down Bible
to match an upside down cross
False Torch religion

 

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People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Light is good from whatever lamp it shines.
~Author Unknown

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.
~Aaron Rose

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Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
~Chinese Proverb

I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
~Og Mandino

Your path is illuminated by the light
Yet darkness lets the stars shine bright.
~J L W Brooks

Though my soul may set in darkness,
It will rise in perfect light,
I have loved the stars too fondly
To be fearful of the night.
~Sarah Williams

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*Thx to:  The Daily PNut

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Quoted in The Grove:
The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.
~Annie Dillard

It seems to me as though caverns told stories of the past, while the ocean speaks of the eternity which is to come.
~Henry James Slack

I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it raging and roaring like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free and ending just where it began.
~William Hazlitt

EndQuote:
“Take your shoes off,” purred the ocean waves.
~Dr SunWolf

 

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Exercise Prompt for 06/07:  torch

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When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.
~Leonardo da Vinci

Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go.
~Blaise Pascal

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Posted from the Grove

The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
~Joseph Conrad

Most of us, I suppose, are a little nervous of the sea. No matter what its smiles may be, we doubt its friendship.
~H M Tomlinson

The great sea makes one a great sceptic.
~Richard Jefferies

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~Mark Rober:  ex-NASA Engineer attempts the perfect squirrel-proof bird feeder*   (21:39)
https://youtu.be/hFZFjoX2cGg

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~John Edmark:  Mathematically Inclined Sculptor*   (22:53)   math for the eyes
https://vimeo.com/342867929

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~Next Observer:  Blooming Flowers Timelapse*   (2:40)   river bed, water fed beauty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZVdQLn_E5w&feature

 

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Upon my soul, this water tastes quite nice. I wonder what vintage now?… It tastes just like the year 1881 tasted.
~G K Chesterton

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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VIDEO:

~Labyrinth Pictures:  Paradox   (17:32)   a well told story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnfh3qcpBxA

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~Shaun O’Connor:  Uisce Beatha (Whiskey – Water Of Life)   (8:07)   luck of the Irish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtJgMViTbNo

 

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I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene; when it is dark and moody. And in all its moods, I see myself.
~Martin D Buxbaum

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
~Rumi

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MUSIC:  Rivers Of Sound

~from the movie, “wild”:  Red River Valley   (4:56)   it’s about loss

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~Gary Edwards:  Many Rivers To Cross   (2:14)   loss & triumph

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~Johnny Rivers:  Look To Your Soul   (3:34)   sage … advice, not a spice

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~from the movie, “Our Shining Days”:  Flight of The Bumblebee   (4:08)   a duel

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~Dan Fleury:  Many Rivers To Cross   (3:33)   visual editorial

 

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There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
~James Russell Lowell

Filthy water cannot be washed.
~African Proverb

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At the far edge of my view was the ocean… I could not make sense of its size and grandeur. It was not a pond, not a lake, but a second sky, bluer and more chaotic than the one above it.
~Abby Geni

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is clearly Ocean.
~Arthur C Clarke

We are all passengers on this little mossy ship, this delicate dory sailing round the sun that humans call the earth. Joy, shipmates, joy.
~Edward Abbey

The tides are in our veins.
~Robinson Jeffers

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On The Saco
Albert Bierstadt

 

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All life passes like a fast flowing river and how strange to see that happiness increases this speed! Yes, a happy life passes faster!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan

Some people spend their entire lives reading but never get beyond reading the words on the page, they don’t understand that the words are merely stepping stones placed across a fast-flowing river, and the reason they’re there is so that we can reach the farther shore, it’s the other side that matters…
~Jose Saramago

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.
~Norman Maclean

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@Writers Platform

The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.
~Isak Dinesen

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
~Loren Eiseley

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Exercise Prompt:  river

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~BarTalk
Another Chance

By the lake I like is the life I love
In the river I wade where I fish for trout
Where the sly fish hide, can’t be tempted out
By the stream I strip, swim in naught but skin
By the sea I gaze and fall in love again

Watering can clouds that pilots fly above
Conquering masters, self-destructive louts
Kill the dreaming world they forgot about
Filtered free of man, what survives alive
A water-womb world waits the future out

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5-7-5-7-7 x 5

sweet song sung, young stream
croon soft ballads, mellow brook
river symphony
mother nature’s soothing score
played me lullabies last night

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to love is to cry
oceans of emotion drained
dried river of tears
oasis gone to desert
wait the return of spring rains

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Garden of Eden
river of generations
start of time ’til now
history’s harvest in store
wisdom seeds’ wet threshing floor

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river, a felon
vile vandal loose , on rampage
guilty of flooding
babbling smack to its jailer
locked up ‘tween fortified banks

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born a mountain rill
rivulet to wild-ride thrill
treacherous challenge
white river rapids and die
back page headline, Five Survive!

In honor of the Netherlands surfers who did not
www.foxnews.com/world/netherlands-surfer-deaths-severe-weather-storm-sea-foam

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5-7-5 x 3

rippling giggling brook
broad river when all grown up
strong, muscled for work
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herds massed riverside
lush African savanna
drink their fill on watch
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like cold water warmed
trickle to flow to a flood
slow river to love

 

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The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words that are clear; the great truth has great silence.
~Rabindranath Tagore

It was as if she lived only on clear, salty air, and when the day came for her to pass away, she would probably do exactly that. Just take a step to one side. Dissolve into a north-westerly wind as it whirled around the lighthouse at North Point, then out across the sea.
~John Ajvide Lindqvist,

I must keep living with the flowing river before my eyes. I earnestly pray that a trace of my girl-child self will always be with you. For waving good-bye, I thank you.
~Banana Yoshimoto

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*Thx to:  Rusty’s Electric Dreams

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Quoted in The Grove:
Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
~George Eliot

The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.
~Robert Brault

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
~Anatole France

EndQuote:
You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.
~Betty White

 

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Exercise Prompt for 05/31:   river

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Get a feel for fur: Slam your fingers in a car door.
~Anonymous, on the use of steel traps to capture fur-bearing animals

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
~Albert Schweitzer

Lisa: “Do we have any food that wasn’t brutally slaughtered?”
Homer: “Well, I think the veal died of loneliness.”
~Matt Groening

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Posted from the Grove

50 Collective Nouns for Groups of Animals
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/551081/collective-nouns-groups-animals

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~The Guardian:  Monkey saves dying friend   (1:05)   reissued
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/dec/22/monkey-saves-dying-friend-train-station-india-video

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I had bought two male chimps from a primate colony in Holland. They lived next to each other in separate cages for several months before I used one as a [heart] donor. When we put him to sleep in his cage in preparation for the operation, he chattered and cried incessantly. We attached no significance to this, but it must have made a great impression on his companion, for when we removed the body to the operating room, the other chimp wept bitterly and was inconsolable for days. The incident made a deep impression on me. I vowed never again to experiment with such sensitive creatures.
~Dr Christian Barnard

Ask the experimenters why they experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are like us.” Ask the experimenters why it is morally okay to experiment on animals, and the answer is: “Because the animals are not like us.” Animal experimentation rests on a logical contradiction.
~Charles R Magel

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VIDEO:

~William Wymark Jacobs:  The Monkey’s Paw   (14:50)   horror
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA0nO8e0BEchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA0nO8e0BEc

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~Keep Turning Left: Pachelbel’s Canon w/ starlings in murmuration   (3:54)   reissued
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eakKfY5aHmY

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~Joseph S Phillips and Misty Copeland:  Swans For Relief   (6:15)
32 premier ballerinas dance The Swan for COVID relief
https://www.youtube.com/user/JosephSPhillips

 

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An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
~Martin Buber

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
~Alice Walker

Animals are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.
~Henry Beston

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MUSIC:

~Beau Davidson:  The Lion Sleeps Tonight   (3:29)   for National Geographic

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~The Animals:  We Gotta Get Out of This Place   (3:24)   another time, for now

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~Three Dog Night:  Eli’s Coming   (7:26)   note the vocals

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~The Monkees:  You May Just Be The One   (1:58)   short, sweet, cute

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Pachelbel’s Canon in D: played on a rubber chicken   (2:05)   just for fun

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I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun and personalities of the animals I worked with on Babe that by the end of the film I was a vegetarian.
~James Cromwell

People must have renounced, it seems to me, all natural intelligence to dare to advance that animals are but animated machines … not to have distinguished among them the different voices of need, of suffering, of joy, of pain, of love, of anger, and of all their affections. It would be very strange that they should express so well what they could not feel.
~Voltaire

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.
~Bradley Millar

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You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets.
~Nora Ephron

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
~Robert A Heinlein

Dogs are getting bigger, according to a leading dog manufacturer.
~Leo Rosten

People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.
~Author Unknown

 

Ducks
© Greg Thweatt

 

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When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.
~Ingrid Newkirk

Dear intelligent people of the world, don’t get shampoo in your eyes. It really stings. There. Done. Now [f*@%’ing] stop torturing animals.
~Ricky Gervais

The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?”
~Jeremy Bentham

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@Writers Platform

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.
~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe

The animals of the planet are in desperate peril… Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.
~Alice Walker

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Exercise Prompt:  animal

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~BarTalk
the good life

give me a dog to love and touch
the wagging welcome I adore so much
give me a cat to feed and pet
ears to rub for the purr I get

show me love without design
this the love I want for mine
no tit for tat or this for that
not asking when or who and what

three animals that share a bed
two with tails, two that shed
this my dream, my house, my home
daily walks and a place to roam

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rural sunset

bulls trumpeting
cattle lowing
dogs out barking
birds skylarking
sparrows cheeping
getting sleepy
hawks high hunting
pigeons homing
children laughing
kids still playing
gardeners reaping
finished weeding
farmers milking
finished hoeing
mothers fussing
fixing dinner
clouds turn color
skyline paintings
life’s true measure
animal pleasures
workmen walking
heading home

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5-7-5 x 5 x 2

because it is there
climb the steep rocky hillside
like animals do

flowers of the field
fodder for the animals
artists feed there too

sages like eagles
see the world from their aeries
obscured by the fog

men against nature
leave droppings like animals
plastic everywhere

news grows threatening
appetites without limit
animals in charge

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monkeys at their moon
trade bananas for poontang
animal instinct

bonobos bonding
because it feels good right now
animal pleasures

ape-men dressed in suits
barter dollars for a chance
animals dating

married wedding night
more than animals waiting
delayed their mating

tired love late in life
animals graduating
try masturbating

 

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Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.
~Emily Dickinson

All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.
~Charles M Schulz

Man is rated the highest animal, at least among all animals who returned the questionnaire.
~Robert Brault

I subscribe to the theory that Mankind never domesticated any animal. They came in from the cold and looked cute until they were fed.
~David J Beard

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