Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Nightshade

Nightshade

She left her babies all alone,
to search for food, her fate unknown.
She walked for miles on tired feet,
for even a morsel of food to eat.
Roaring engine, screeching tires,
headlights burning like wildfires,
to her a wild fearsome beast.
It attacked; her heartbeats ceased.
The babies alone waited for her,
little helpless balls of fur.
God loves creatures, great and small;
surely His angels will heed their call.
                          

                                        ~McGuffy Ann Morris~


Photo: McGuffy Ann Morris


Shared with:  Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, March 2013

39 comments:

  1. I like your poem, Ann. Like it in the way you wrote it so very convincinly but I don't like it that Mama got killed. Of course I guessed the ending before I got there.

    Here is hoping that those babies will find a good human run home for a new-to-them home. In the wild, depending upon their age, they may not survive.
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    Mine is an episode in our lives, almost every day and humdrum with a little perceived 'danger.'
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    1. Jim, this is why I do kitten rescue. The above litter is one I bottlefed from 2 days of age. They all made it. Grizelda & Chloe Jo stayed with us. Moon & Willow are still together in another home.
      There are many dangers out there. This is one that concerns me. I told a true story in my poem. Even though it is difficult, it is a sad truth.

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    2. Well done, Ann. I knew it was true, it reads as honest, not fiction. I once hit a momma cat and I knocked on the farmers door. We searched the barn high and low for her kittens (she had milk tests) and he said she had born them five day earlier. We NEVER found them in the stacks of hay. The farmer said they remain quiet... natures way of protecting them. I was only 19 and cried and cried. Think I STILL would) Such sweet babies your photo shows. God Bless you for caring for God's creatures.

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    3. Yes, this is based upon a stray that I helped. Thank God, I have never hit anyone, though I have helped many who have been hit.
      My writing is based on experience or observation. Nonfiction comes naturally to me.
      Thank you.

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  2. A heartbreaking tale of subject very close to our hearts! Excellent poetry Annie, it conveys so well the dangers mamas face everyday in trying to provide for their young! I love how carefully you chose your words, it made me cry. But I know this story has a happy ending for the babies! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Josie. I appreciate that. It's true. While some make it, many do not. I have been involved in many rescues, even then some do not make it. As humans, we need to be aware and responsible. We are not alone on this planet.

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  3. Such a sad story. Only one of many.

    Thank goodness for people like you. JB

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    1. I just do what I feel I am supposed to do. If everyone does their part, we each benefit. Thank you, Julia.

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  4. The poem is very moving Ann! thank you!

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  5. so true and so very very sad.
    good reminder to us to care for these orphans and others who have been abandoned one way or another.

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    1. Thanks Kathe. It happens too often, and they are just trying to survive.

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  6. love the poem... obviously hoping for a happy ending :)

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    1. Me, too, Brenda. I want each to have a chance. They deserve it.

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  7. Awwwww your poem is dripping with such pathos! I hope the little ones will be ok!! take care
    x

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  8. Awww....sad but true too often. Growing up we lost several kitties to the traffic around our house----my own kitties are indoor cats only so they don't have those dangers. Only strings and chylothorax threaten my kitties....nice offering today, McGuffy Ann.

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    1. Ours stay inside, too. It is far too dangerous out there. It only takes one time. We have rescued a variety of situations. Thank you, Beth Ann. Hug.

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  9. Dear McGuffyAnn, your poem left me sad and remembering Riassa who was hit by a car right in the street that passes my home. I inadvertently left the door open and she slipped outside--on January 3, 2011. One never forgets. Peace.

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  10. I am so sorry, Dee. That was an accident. This is about the stray and feral populations, who are alone and unloved. It often continues for generations, as you know. When this happens, it leaves behind orphans. Riassa was loved, and is with Dulcy. Peace.

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    1. Please understand that it is not my intent to upset or shock. It is my mission to give voice to those who are not heard. I use my poetry to do this.
      Regarding animals, I try to make people aware and move them to take action. People tend to not see or think about the sad reality of homeless animals. I can't look away.

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  12. So incredibly tragic yet so beautifully expressed! We have a cat that simply wandered into our lives and chose to stay! I still wonder what may have happened to her if she had not found us.

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    1. Thank you, Gemma. I think it sounds like that is a smart & lucky cat.
      Your comments mean a lot. I appreciate what you said & your saying it.

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  13. I love your talent with poetry, writing and with animals ... I can hardly bear reading this because it tears me up. I hate that these things happen and that there is so much indifference. I am glad that there are those, like yourself, that do what they can to protect and care for these little furry victoms. Good Job McGuffy Ann ...

    Andrea

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    1. This was hard for me to write and think about. However, people need to, or it continues. If we each do something, there is hope. Thanks for your comments.

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  14. I pray this isn't a true story, but if it is, I know you'll do what you must to save their little lives.....well-written...

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  15. I think of the dozens of little furry lives you and Bill have rescued and saved, Annie! Stories and poems such as these are sad, but they are also very real, and remind us that life is a struggle for God's creatures. We all need to help out in any way we can, and to be extra careful when out there driving at night too! You serve a wonderful purpose to help us all connect to the feelings of motherhood... be it cat or human, and the need to take care of our young. I thought this was wonderful. I lost a cat to the highway once years ago too, and a dog when I was young, and for both I cried for days. Where there is love, there is caring, and there are so many more in need of our love! Please write more like this anytime, you remind us that our role in life makes a difference!

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  16. good poem, but sad. I think it's great what you are doing. Animals need rescued too.

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  17. Tears..... Glad those kittens are safe! : )

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  18. Sweet photo, heartbreaking poem, and smiles to think of your kitten rescues.
    K

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    1. Thank you, Kay. This is important to me.

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  19. You broke my heart. I see simliar scenes involving the myriad wild species that live with me in the Sonora Desert. They, too, break my heart; but also remind me of the cycles of life and the balance in the whole.

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    1. It is hard. It is especially hard when people are responsible for domestic animals being "in the wild". I cannot accept it. Thanks for your comments. I appreciate them.

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  20. You are that angel, Mc.A. I am glad you found them (or that they found you).
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  21. Sad but true...life moves on treading on hope!

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