Words to a Poacher Image 2

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Words to a Poacher Image 2

This once majestic creature - its form
now a dried hide stretched over mutilated bones.

As defenseless in death, as it was in life,
its tusks hacked from its noble skull.

Its ear rests serenely on its shoulder
among dead sticks the carcass testifies
to the barbarity of evil men
front legs folded back where it heaved in agony-
gave its last breath to vile humanity.

Who can explain to children, the reality of
their storybook elephants or zoo friends?
Out in the wild places, even when protected
they succumb to greed and avarice.
Someday the spaces of Africa will be filled
with extinction.


4/7/2016
For Silent Ones 
Images that make you think - #2

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016


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Date: 4/27/2016 9:37:00 PM
Suz, Congratulations on your " Images that make you think WIN." Always ~LINDA~
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Date: 4/15/2016 10:05:00 AM
Dear Silent One: thank you for such an honor and also for raising awareness on the desperate issues in the world around us, Ever, Suzanne
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Date: 4/15/2016 12:11:00 AM
Congrats on your win:)
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Date: 4/15/2016 10:07:00 AM
Thanks Victor: Your words of encouragement mean a lot to me. SuZ
Date: 4/14/2016 10:48:00 PM
Powerful write Susan...Congrats on your win
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Date: 4/15/2016 10:10:00 AM
Thankyou Joseph: I appreciate your encouraging comment. Best, SuZ
Date: 4/14/2016 9:38:00 PM
Congrats on your win., Suzanne! Very well written:)
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Date: 4/15/2016 10:12:00 AM
Dear Laura: Thank you for your always gracious comments. SuZ
Date: 4/12/2016 9:21:00 AM
It is so gruesome to see defenseless animals being slaughtered. You have depicted the essence of the picture very well in this sad write, Suzanne. Best wishes for the contest. T.J
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Date: 4/15/2016 10:15:00 AM
Thank you dear Teppo: Amazing how an image like this can move people thousands of miles away- yet right where it happens it seems go on unchecked. There must be a way. Best, SuZ
Date: 4/11/2016 9:48:00 AM
This describes the picture beautifully, Suzanne. What a pity that these animals are slaughtered for personal gain! Only this past week I read of all those elephants killed and left to rot after their tusks had been stolen! ~ Regards // paul
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Date: 4/11/2016 6:23:00 PM
Hi Paul: So unbelievable that men could create a killing field. I can't describe how helpless I feel when I read about the senseless slaughter of these herds. Thanks for visiting. It means a lot. SuZ
Date: 4/10/2016 7:52:00 PM
G'day Suzanne ... nicely written on a subject that abhors most people. It's the money folk in faraway countries that need to be hunted down and exposed - thank you Suzanne - Lindsay
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Date: 4/11/2016 6:28:00 PM
That is so true, Laurie: They are supplying a coveted commodity. They could create the same carved horns out of a synthetically molded tusk. It is beyond frustrating to know about it with no power to change it. They are being killed without the chance to pro- create . Thanks for stopping by today. SuZ
Date: 4/9/2016 12:43:00 AM
It's sad what happens out there in the jungle to these unsuspecting creatures ... I think a species of rhino finally became extinct rather recently ... shows the dark truth of your last line becoming fulfilled. "Who can explain to children, the reality of their storybook elephants or zoo friends?" ... I'd rather not be the one to tell them. Tragic poem you wrote here, but with a great note of caution.
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Date: 4/9/2016 2:17:00 AM
Yes this picture is very haunting. How men can be so barbaric on an issue concerning creatures that God entrusted us to protect is beyond me. Sad about the rhinos extinction. Hurts me to the core.
Date: 4/8/2016 2:03:00 AM
Suzanne.. a very relevant and timely poem.. well penned
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Date: 4/9/2016 1:23:00 PM
Thanks for reading and commenting, Lewis: I can only re-iterate. The love of money is the root of all evil.