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Prisoners of Time


Prisoners of Time

There is nothing secret
nothing sacred from man
He reaches beyond the 
infinite to scatter dreams

He will employ 
extraordinary means
Alone or in the company
of those with like heart
he can stream to
undiscovered places

Which brings, the opening 
of a tale of how he
exploited the mighty whales
and in the process, cruelly
used, the giant turtles
of the Galapagos. Yes!
they were collateral damage
 for the no less serious but
vaster sin of killing the
Leviathans.

Fresh food for the crew, they
endured layers of
imprisonment, stacked alive
on their backs in the holds of ships,
helpless in their giant shells for
a year at a time
Prisoners of the depths
of man's ignorance- such
sacrilege.

We can only pray, that 
in that living death-
they entered a much
altered time state- that 
became like fragrance;
an elusive, wafting
 and that bliss flooded
their  being

In praying this
we whisper an apology

 Suzanne Delaney
Sunday, March 21, 2004

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  1. Date: 8/1/2015 10:06:00 PM

    Mankind's cruelty knows no bounds because true evil knows none! Great and informative poem. A super 7 on this gem my friend!
  1. Date: 7/31/2015 5:17:00 AM

    Great poem Suzanne pointing out the cruelty of so called intelligent human beings. I often feel ashamed that I was born as a human being. I loved your poem, my friend. Well worth a seven....peter
  1. Date: 7/28/2015 9:12:00 PM

    Man's relentless exploitation and cruelty. Nice write Suzanne
  1. Date: 7/28/2015 1:32:00 AM

    Suz, this poem is so moving and breaks my heart. I know this to be true and I despair for the heartless way humankind has treated animals over the past eons. I loved your poignant poem attesting to their plight. 7
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 7:32:00 PM

    wow, Suzanne. It is a very specific group that this focuses on and yet it can apply to many other things in nature. I love the caring you show in this.
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 6:45:00 PM

    Suzanne, oh how sad, this broke my heart, well written with emotion 7 and thanks for visiting my poetry

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