One Single Impression: Respect

I looked again
At a bit of what I thought
Was fluff
Blowing across the hard sand
After a night of rain
At the edge of the Atlantic

And found it was a crab
Easily caught in the wind and cast about
(And this, I presumed, was a good thing)

Until it landed very near my feet
And the open eye of my camera

And I froze,
Wondering how much life
I take from the Earth with every step.

I stood as still as the crab
Who sensed and therefore feared me.

I must move,
I thought.  So I did.

And I wondered:
How much life does the Earth give me
With every step,

And where do I take it?

Comments

  1. This poem reminds me of when we were out in the country along a road that was covered with tiny frogs that must have just come out of the fields. I thought the same thoughts.

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  2. Well said, or questioned. I've been thinking about life and the impermanence of it more these days. http://looseleafnotes.com

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  3. Correction: Not Joe Klein

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  4. Wise words and thoughts as always to start my day, Sandy. Thank you! Hope you have a beautiful day! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  5. Very profound words and a great shot to match Sandy.

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  6. interesting thoughts...

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  7. deep thoughts, Sandy



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  8. Beautiful post!!
    Life...so complicated and yet so fragile. Amazing!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  9. You have an interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing.

    All the best, Boonie

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  10. And where do I take it?

    Very thought is enough worthy of respect to make mind pause for few moments and delve over it.

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  11. Food for thought, powerful words! Nicely done with this prompt Sandy, we need to respect all creatures great and small.

    LOVE your header btw!!!!

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  12. Interesting take on the prompt!

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  13. this is the ultimate reflection on respect, isn't it? Poetic, honest, thought-provoking. One of the day's best.

    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2011/07/09/human/

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  14. I love the rhetorical question and reflection in this poem. Reverence for earth and living creatures all around us is vital. Thank you for sharing these sentiments.

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  15. Anonymous9:12 PM

    a very good question..we should ask ourselves more...thanks!!

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  16. a sacred encounter... you distill it so well.

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  17. You are just like me with animals. I think they have every right to live just as we expect that right and I won't stpe on spiders and other things just because I can. I do draw the line at flies, mosquitos and earwigs in the house though. I'm not that accomodating but, anything is, I feel is, live and let live...LOL
    Love your photography and the crab prose, (pun intended) grabbed me.
    Thanks for sharing and the visit.

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  18. This is a very thoguth provoking poem, Sandy..I enjoyed it thoroughly..

    My thanks to you and Andree for hosting OSI.. my 100th, 200th and 300th all came on a sunday for OSI prompt.. it's exactly 20 months since I started my blog.. and have reached 300th.. do visit to see my post and join in my celebrations..

    Thanks!!!

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  19. very evocative, it actually sound like a prayer. thanks for this

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  20. Anonymous10:54 PM

    very inspiring Sandy...the thoughts you shared just made me think more and deeper...like how much life does the earth give us...but we know, it is more than what we can fathom!

    well done Sandy :) Good morning! :)

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  21. Anonymous10:54 PM

    very inspiring Sandy...the thoughts you shared just made me think more and deeper...like how much life does the earth give us...but we know, it is more than what we can fathom!

    well done Sandy :) Good morning! :)

    Love, Amity

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  22. Hi Sandy, I like this!
    It is an excellent reminder that all life on God's earth is fragile. Fragility for its inhabitants is a part of the BIG PICTURE. We must respect that vulnerability towards disaster.

    I compare us humans to ants, we are here today scurrying around being busy but tomorrow stopped and crushed physically and/or mentally by overwhelming forces.

    Modern machines and technology have added to our woes.
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