Significant In-Between times – Go wild

Peggy Oki speaks with passion about how the in-between times when she waited for waves to surf taught her a lot. It helped her to study animal behavior, observing dolphins and whales at close quarters. She talks of how spending forty years skating and as many years surfing has made her an ardent admirer of the wild at Sea.

She talks about how a life guard had his children swimming at sea when a host of dolphins started to circle around the kids. The kids were not afraid of the dolphins but when the father went out to check, he saw a three-metre great white shark just outside that cirlce.

How can we then, talk down about animal intelligence, after all aren’t the creatures of the sea our great great fore fathers….Darwin said so, didn’t he?

Sometimes I think of how whales choose to breach by huge ships or those perhaps who they see as being harmless. Perhaps they are calling attention to their condition, and asking to be dwelt upon, coz perhaps they know that after all they are at the disposal of the biped mammal.

There is really so much for us to ‘undo’, not because we got to save the planet, which Vandana Shiva comments does not need to be saved. Nature knows her course, but if man wants to exist, he might as well learn to behave!

I wish our children started to play again outdoors soon, and learnt to question the cutting of trees or the missing of birds and animals around them, after they are the custodians of what is to come. For that though, they need to know the who’s who of trees, plants, birds and animals.

So, let your child go wild

swinging upon the branches

munching berries of all kinds

and return home muddied

head to toe,

the real school of life

is outdoors, so get out

count the trees, the birds

know the plants, the lakes

look up at the skies

and let laughter roar again!

Learning a little late

Its fine I must say

that life came by myside

spread her wings and spoke her heart

a little late in time

its fine really

coz time’s urgency

makes the learnings clearer somehow

the pains have edged out egos for sure

much humbling at the altar of living

breathing.loving, losing and learning to love again

has chastened a spirit too meek, too mild

to step back and take a look or two

and know that what were then impediments

were but steps to a learning curve

a heart stoked in fire not ready to break easy

not again not again but willing to bridge the chasms

deep, deadly and dangerous

and walk ahead, step by step, step by step

to sing the song of the soul

coz the universe standsby and looks down in care

she does. she does.

PS: Life and Reflections

By the sea of life

Walk the life

take the step

dream a bit

and look around

see the love

see the hate

write the stuff

and move ahead

in your dreams

the skies smile

the rainbows dance

blossoms bloom

so walk ahead

but stop a bit

hold a hand

turn around

tell a tale

hear them speak

touch them gentle

life speaks to you

the stories come singing

the truth of life

the pain of living

so hold a hand

touch a heart

walk a bit

and rest by the sea

when the waves dance to you

think your thoughts

cleanse your heart

and move ahead.

and move ahead.

Such be life

Such be living.