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Sunday, February 11, 2007

The squirrel senses the cold and the fibres of his being contract,
tricking him into thinking he is warmer than he really is.
Our minds hear the words,
but the inconvenience of it all tricks us into complacency.
Meaningful action takes away from our very good lives.
The train passes, and the child stops to watch
the blurr of faces and cries as the engine steams past,
later asking his parents who were they?
Nobody. Inconvenience.
Accepting the reality would mean changing their lives.
The train is passing,
more passengers than ever before.
And future history be told
we know what is happening; who these passengers are.
Accept or deny. Turn away or confront.
Demand action or return to the comfort of complacency.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.’
— Mahatma Gandhi

  1. Blogger Ps said:

    Loved your photo of the squirrel and loved the meaning in your poem.
    I particularly liked the line "accepting reality would mean changing their lives"
    Even i had posted a similar squirrel picture with a poem in my blog,some weeks back.
    Especially loved seeing Gandhi's quote (as he is from my country, India)

  1. Blogger Berlinbound said:

    Peace your way Cathy ...


  1. Blogger Pat Paulk said:

    Sometimes, that's all the little squirrel can do.

  1. Blogger HORIZON said:

    So many things out there l'd love to change. Your poem said it all Cathy- very good.
    Keep warm x

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Powerful words!!
    And a cute little fluffy squirrel! :)

  1. Blogger Tee said:

    I'm not sure I understand the poem's meaning but I can still appreciate it.

    The words about faces on the train, nobody, inconvience,.... Reminds me of the Holocaust. How the Jewish people were crammed into cattle cars and taken to concentration camps. (My great grandparents were some of those people.)

    Touching, even if I've interperted the wrong meaning.

  1. Blogger [eric] said:

    Imagine if all felt there was nothing they could do, that apathy didn't need a convenient excuse. As long as there's one, even it being not enough, there's always hope.

  1. Blogger Nabeel said:

    aww looks soo cute .. the blue squirrel .. :)

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Dear Cathy,
    It is hard for me to look at a squirrel and feel any peace.lol They think my home is a funhouse just for them.lol

    However, you have managed to capture the fury tail at his best. Very lovely photo and poem to match.


  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Awwww, what a great photo. We don't have squirrels here, they look so cute!

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    inconvenience, we have so little of it and we need it so much. We have come to believe the world operates via remote controls.

    p.s this is a sweet squirrel

  1. Blogger Trundling Grunt said:

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. It is easy to get irate and easy to lose that sense of indignation and lapse back. I am as guilty as many (not all).

    A cute picture with a cold meaning.

  1. Blogger for_the_lonely said:

    Wishing you a sweet Valentine's Day!


  1. Anonymous Heidi said:

    Cathy, I'm just checking in to wish you a Happy Valentines..Hope your enjoying it to the fullest :)

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    my husband has a harem of squirrels that he feeds.

  1. Blogger Christopher said:

    I do enoy watching squirrels scurry

  1. Blogger Gawpo said:

    Whoa. Nice pic and poem. Got here by way of Ps. Your writing drew me. What is it with you, Ps and squirrels??? Lovely coinciding, that.

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