Rain

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The drops of rain fell

From the Heavens down to Earth

Departed from the divine

To the mortal realm

Immortal in the sky

Above the decay and mortality

Above all the pain and death

To be free in the sky forever

But the rain must fall

Spread throughout every inch

To bring life to everything that breathes

Their ascent is not their death

It is their rebirth within everything that lives

Their Heaven is both above and below

Among the living that love and live

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Departure

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The skyline cried
As the stars danced
As the clouds blew
As the night sky bled

The ocean swooned
As the sand caressed
As the shells scattered
As the breeze departed

The moon dipped down
As the shadows overcame
As the evening love vanished
As the starlight gave way to lamplight

The breeze of yesterday died
As the waves crashed alone
As bed covers were drawn back
As the stars died out

The lover closed her eyes
As a single tear fell
As the young man walked home
The sun rose on them the last time

[My First Love][Tiger: Spy in the Jungle]

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I love the BBC for documentaries like this one.

Tigers are so close to my heart. I can’t recall loving any animals as much as I do tigers, save for my dear departed Australian Shepherd Willow.

These amazing big cats are critically endangered, with two subspecies having already gone extinct.

I know, I know, a lot of people hate on zoos and wildlife parks for their treatment of big cats, but I do support those that are registered through CAZA (Canadian Aquarium and Zoo Association). Zoos and parks that have earned the approval of CAZA are part of conservation efforts, breeding programs, rehabilitation, and spreading knowledge about all animals, endangered or otherwise. I strongly encourage you to visit yourself or take your family and/or friends to zoos and wildlife parks that are making a positive impact and avoid those that aren’t.

These amazing tigers, and all animals, deserve our help and our love.

[Poem][Butterfly Wings]

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Butterfly Wings

I jump, I dance, I float from perch to perch

I zigzag, I swirl, I barely land

I jump, I dance, I string silence behind my wings

I zigzag, I swirl, my colours astound you

My wings are large, are light, are bright

My feet are small, they’re silent, they’re soft

My wings are large, are light, they hide me from sight

My feet are small, they’re silent, they balance my wings aloft

You watch me, chase me, you show me off

You see my colours, my disguise, my mask

You watch me, chase me, my wings are on display

You see my colours, my disguise, you keep me from my task

I hover and watch you back

I see no symmetry like my wings

I see no bright colours like my wings

I see interest and hope, a mystery

Just like my wings

[Poem][Stripes]

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Stripes

            You steal my fur but not my stripes.

                        My stripes are my soul, they are mine,

                                                And you will never have them.

            Come with your guns and your knives.

                                    You take my skin off, bleach my bones,

                        Harvest my organs but you will never be me.

            Your children, your grandchild, and children’s children,

                                    Will never know me…

            You destroy when you should save,

                                                            The majesty of my skills, to hunt, to survive,

                                    To care for the cubs that you too hunt for.

                        I teach them my ways, my skills,

To survive not only the wild, but to survive you.

You will never own them either.

            Your children, your grandchild, and children’s children,

                        Will never know them, they will escape them too,

As I do with you now.

                                  My story is old, I have outlived you so far.

There are those that will fight to protect my cubs,

                                                When I cannot protect them or myself.

                But if you corner me, I will protect mine.

                                                              I will live beyond you.

                                                              You will never be me.