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This developed a bit differently than was the original idea...some thoughts, though on those we live amongst, who allow us to share in their lives and living

The work of the architect and the construction crew combined

Pales in comparison to what a colony of ants can do

And honey bees I challenge you to find

A factory that runs with equaled efficiency


Gentle benevolence shines in the large and liquid eyes

Of equines and bovines alike

 They have come to serve and do so with dignity

When indeed they could, crush us with just one blow


Canines serve with unquestioned loyalty

So often undeserved and unappreciated

Happy independent felines

Emit joy just in their essence of being


Family bonds so well defined

In herds of elephants, packs of wolves and ganders of geese

A daddy’s devotion is easily seen, No threats of court for support

The delicate sea horse and emperor penguin gently care for their fragile young


There is not a better display of bravery

Than a mamma bear, wolverine or badger

When faced with an impending foe

Woe unto he that crosses one of them!


So these qualities and many more

We as humans value and strive to acquire

When in the nature of these true st of creatures

They occur in life’s cycle in a desire for all to exist in harmony

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Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G
I felt a circle forming HERE Karen!
and your writing, seemed to have take a curve!
What a delight!
This poem was exquisite and true!
as we hold high honor to those, that inspire, animals/human alike!
Glad to hear a well word chosen poem, all is going super on the home front/court/etc.too~
Enjoy! your new cycle my friend~
Much love and hugs, Warrior Lady Sheeeoox
STay Positive!
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader)
Nature is amazing that way. loved the way the picture developed out also. Nice write. Lady J
Reviewed by Felix Perry
This is a wise and very meaningful is sad that the animals can teach us so much but still we ignore even the simplest of their lessons. Well done.

Reviewed by Barbara Smith
Karen, it amazes me how much animals care for their young and appear to know what they are put here on this earth for. Your poem brings to life many of the animals traits and their ability to take care of themselves & their young here on this earth. Animals are so intelligent and loving...I can't imagine anyone harming one. We lived on a farm and I use to watch for hours the love a cow, horse, deer, etc., had for their young. Regardless of the conditions they were in they let it be known they loved their young. I've watched for hours the tender love a bird has for her young and the care and protection she gives to them. Life is full of amazing wonderful things...all created by our Heavenly Father and I never fail to give thanks to HIM for HIS creations. This is truly a beautiful poem and a reminder that all things have a mind & a heart.
Reviewed by Ted Bossis
We should learn from all of natures harmony & strife-{beautiful}-love <>Ted
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