knowledge & experience

von Walter W Hölbling
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in our time
we think we know
most animals of the world
from films and videos

yet
seeing
an echidna come out of the underbrush
about to cross the road
but then
looking at all the cameras
deciding to quietly go back home for a while

watching
a young humpback whale
launch her tons out of the sea
in the sheer joy of breaching
falling back in a white splash
that sends your boat rocking

feeling
the hard back of a wombat
under its thick coat of hair
the soft fur of a koala
the cool skin of a blue-tongued lizard

feeding
a wallaby whose sharp claws
tenderly hold your hand
so that the food
does not go away to soon

hearing
the swelling maniacal laughter
of a flock of kookaburras
a pied butcherbird‘s
unbelievably melodious call

you become aware
that they are living beings
not just images on the screen

and the little hairs
on the back of your neck
rise
in shock and awe
of life‘s beauty

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