Monday, July 30, 2018

acts of cooperation in the animal world

                                                                                          Author Charles J Sharp
Image: African buffalo with red-billed
ox-pecker at its nose (here)

the 10 of 12 given words:
scrimshank ((v.) to avoid one’s obligations/duties; to shirk)
cellmate larder operation
torporific (n.)) causing lethargy)
malign martyr review panting negligible

an ox-pecker perched gingerly mindful
not to scrimshank on a 'cellmate'
having a nose area a larder of live goodies

such is the quiet operation in acts
of cooperation in the animal world

the torporific buffalo unperturbed
maligned a little surveying the scene
perhaps with designs to turn itself
into a martyr of sorts fighting
for a cause

it provides a respite to review its
thoughts without panting in excitement
with negligible distractions to both

Amber's at MLMM's Wordle #205
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  1. perhaps with designs to turn itself
    into a martyr of sorts fighting
    for a cause

    really love this part Hank! Great job =)


  2. Thought this was a wonderful insight to the animal world Hank.


  3. A good respite and view can sure leave one anew.

  4. The animals seem to know how to co-habit better than we do. Well said, Hank!

  5. Reminds me of Africa...seeing the oxpecker perched on a buffalo...true, nature at work in harmony.

  6. Nature and her creatures (other than us*) are so good at the art of working together and letting things be. There is wisdom and promise in sharing. But we are so blind to it. The buffalo not so much.

    P.S. I love the expression on the buffalo's face.

  7. Wonderful poem...nature's wisdom...that which the human race forgot ....

  8. Something to think about in terms of mutual cooperation.. even animals (in this case) prove wiser than humans.

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