Thursday, 14 May 2009

Africa - Poetry in Motion...

Hey everyone! Judah Raine here, and to celebrate our "Animal Week" here on the Pink Blog I thought I'd open a little window on Africa's unusual "poets"... Theirs is a language all their own, separate from the things of man, beyond the reach of what we call civilization.

They talk of things past, things ancient and beautiful and wise, when the puny footprint of man had yet to come to this vast continent. Beyond the memory of time and human vision, they walked in peace and ruled this place with gentle wisdom. If man would but pause to hear their silent voice, he would learn much of the bonds that hold together, the loyalty that joins forever, and that real strength lies not in size but in the simplicity of quiet confidence and communal care...

They speak wisdom and beauty and power, capture all in a single languid stare that stirs the soul. Royalty measured in quiet repose, might in silent certainty. No need here, for the trappings of glory or for any mantle but that of simply being. Their fire mirrored in the glow of an African sunset, their crown the gold of an African dawn, they rest secure in the certainty of their unchallenged rule. Their music is the song of fluid motion, like a symphony gathered in the heat of the sun.

Light with the laughter of unbridled care, they dance to the song of the plains. Dust rises with the drumbeat of their hooves, and their rhythm pounds out the freedom of the African landscape. They wear their stripes with the pride of an ancient heritage, bold and beautiful and beyond the definition of logic. Their colours have no start and no end, no clear black on white or white on black, as if their freedom were proudly painted into their hides, declaring it for all to see, a living symbol of open places and endless motion that sings the mystery of time.

I could, of course, go on forever... the diversity and the singular beauty of each and every one is a lesson worth learning, a song worth sharing, a poem without beginning or end...

I hope you've enjoyed this peek through my little "African window". Thanks for joining me!
Jude

10 comments:

Kathleen said...

I felt like I was there and could see these wonderful creatures right in front of me.!!

Lindsay Townsend said...

Wonderful blog, Judah! True poetry in motion. As Kathleen says, massively engaging.
Thank you!

Celia Yeary said...

Judah--very unique essay, so poetic and beautiful. I love the photographs. thanks for this nice respite. Celia

Linda Banche said...

Great blog, Judah. Beautiful imagery.

Kaye Manro said...

This is just so beautiful, Judah. Wonderful pics too.

Savanna Kougar said...

Jude, that was imcomparably beautiful... thank you, for feeding my soul with your poetry and the animlas of Africa... thank you, again...

LK Hunsaker said...

Lovely entry! And just look at those amazing animals.

Morgan Mandel said...

Beautiful animals. Wonder what they're thinking.

Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

Danielle Thorne said...

I love elephants. They are tender, amazing animals.

Bekki Lynn said...

Amazing -- I just love your posts, Jude.

They all seem to have the same look on their faces - 'don't you have enough photos?' lol

I'm anxious for the zoo to open.