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Our friends, Animals, 
Your name from the Greek word
“Anemos” comes,
That  Anaximenes, the wise of old, 
The divine wind, that sustains the
Universe, named,
Which with every breath, the lugs of 
Living beings fills 
All of them animates. 

Our comrades you are,
Our benefactors, 
Companions in our life’s       
Guarantors of our
The path to survival, you
Have guarded for us,
Us, who call ourselves,

Without your presence, absent 
We today would be  
That’s why I call you


You kept us fed when 
Hungry were, 
Kept us warm, when from
Cold we suffered,
On your uncomplaining backs
You carried us 
And our hard labor you, for us, 
Never asking something 
In return 
Your unending sacrifices! 

The time has come for me
And all of us, I believe,
Our gratitude to you
To demonstrate 
By treating your nature
With kindness  
And never cause you
Any pain 
Since you, as well as us, 
GOD'S creation are, 
Intended  HIS HOLLY work
To maintain! 

© Demetrios Trifiatis
   06 February 2013

 Anaximenes Of Miletus , (flourished c. 545 bc), Greek philosopher. There is evidence that he made the common analogy between the divine "anemos" wind, that sustains the (Cosmos) universe and the human “wind” or soul, "anima" that animates people.  

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  1. Date: 2/6/2013 7:18:00 PM
    Beautiful work! Thanks for posting and sharing this fine piece. I enjoyed reading your insight today. Always, Laura

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 9:05:00 AM
    I have enjoyed reading this poem very much this morning. Thank you much. Lucilla

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 7:17:00 AM
    Wow Demetrios! Simply beautiful - informative, well expressed and with a moral twist. I like!