Prisoners of Time

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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

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

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

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 8/13/2015 9:12:00 PM
Very moving!
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Date: 8/6/2015 11:16:00 PM
G'day Suzanne... greed, ignorance and lack of education and thought have seen too many majestic wildlife standing on the brink of extinction. A wonderful poem, although heartbreaking Suzanne - thank you - Lindsay
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 8/8/2015 12:27:00 AM
Too right Laurie and I am surprised it still goes on today after all we have learned and mostly for human greed. I do love nature and the amazing animals.
Date: 8/6/2015 5:14:00 PM
Ignorance contributed to many animals being exploited and made to suffer. People are now more aware of things, but we cannot ever erase the cruelty that took place. As you rightly say, Suz: "we whisper an apology". ~ All the best. // paul
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Date: 8/5/2015 8:23:00 PM
Yes, suzanne. that Solitude poem reminded me of the good old days of Buzz words. Except that particular sonnet came very rapidly to me; whereas back in the mid 2000's, I was taking over an hour or two per sonnet!
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Date: 8/5/2015 8:28:00 PM
Good for you, Andrea: Just goes to show- practise makes perfect.
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!
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Date: 8/5/2015 8:25:00 PM
I know, Peter: It is discouraging that there are still people like this in the 21st. Century. So low on the scale of enlightenment. Cheers, SuZ
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Date: 8/5/2015 8:20:00 PM
Thank you Robert, In some ways we have advanced in awareness but when I read that hunters are still slaughtering big game animals my heart despairs.
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
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Date: 8/5/2015 8:35:00 PM
When I found this out I could hardly believe it, Connie: That is why I was driven to write about it. Hugs, SuZ
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.
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Date: 8/5/2015 8:30:00 PM
I agree, Andrea: Look at that Big Game Hunter that shot Cecil and many other big beautiful animals. He is a serial killer of a different kind.
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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Date: 8/5/2015 8:37:00 PM
Hi Broken Wings: So many things man has done break our hearts every day. That is because we must be so much more aware of true beauty and the meaning of life. Big Hugs, SuZ