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a general susurrus of noise
then the clamour of billions
is gone
with no one to remember
or mourn
a single stranger
looking for Jordan

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so touching , so caring ....... Made me feel the emotions that were intended from this .... We are really paying lesser attention to nature and things around us ...... Enjoyed reading Mr. Benjamin

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I have to say, I'd never heard of the Passenger Pigeon, but now I'll never forget. Between your words, the story, the song, I've begun my day with tears. I could not have been more touched if you had wrung my heart with your hands.


Excellent, G.



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As we nearly did-in the American Bison as well, even more knowingly.


Both keystone species in North America.


Would we have done anything different if we had known that?


A look at what we are doing to the planet now and you have your answer.




Such is the fame of the human species, seemingly out of control, though I suspect this is the fateful norm for our kind.





Still, thanks, Benjamin, for your poem, the link and your attention to this now little known collective criminal act.

from the black desert

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"...all that He had made, and it was very good."


And we destroy it. You are correct, gatekeeper.

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My thanks to those who've left notes on this.

I wonder if humanity gorges itself like a caterpillar on the senses to the exclusion of everything else; with the assumption that absolution and some kind of beautiful ethereal transformation awaits.

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Geoff, this one made me think of our (humans) own frailty in time. We could so easily become the Passenger pigeon, taking a wrong turn in our own trail of life. Deep stuff. I continue to learn from your thoughts.

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Remarkable 19th century voice on that singer! Apparently, these pigeons were edible? 'Nuff said.

Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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  • 2 weeks later...
David W. Parsley



Thanks (I think),

- Dave

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