It’s been a long day

It’s like watching a zoo animal circle its cage.

For the first time, she realizes that being alone is a contradiction in terms.

Even in a body’s most private moments, something else joins in.

~ Richard Powers, from “Trunk” in The Overstory: A Novel


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  1. I hate to see animals in cages. I know there is a huge positive side to it. We wouldn’t know about these animals or care about them so much if we didn’t see them up close, and it’s for the greater good of the species, but still, my heart breaks for the sacrificial lions (er…lambs).

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  2. It hurts us to see animals in cages … yet we put up with our own prison in each of our own way. 💛

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Yes .. it really has been a long day!! Over and out …

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  4. Contradiction in terms it is.
    Fabulous words and photo combination!

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  5. David, one really must read the post by Objets of Delight and view the video indicated in their post to grasp the full impact of this your Long Day Posting….

    I wrote on OoD’s site: i…. your post clearly celebrates and at the same time mourns the circumstances of wild animals. I was an ardent fan of zoos for a long time; I even had an annual entry card for our local zoo, that’s how much I loved going there. I went very often with my son while he was young and open to his mum’s views. I think I implanted in him a great love for anything living – but only in later years (sorry, that sounds as if I were 100+ and talking of 50yrs back, it’s not the case…), I realised fully that I won’t be going along any longer with the concept of zoos and circuses. I probably would still visit a large zoo if I were coming by one, but I don’t visit circuses any longer, if they have animals…..
    I can’t say more… I’m sort of heartbroken by this. I remember having seen the video before and I remember that I cried too when I thought about these animals’ “newly found freedom” (a travesty in itself, as it has got not much to do with real freedom but is certainly better than living a near-lifetime in cages).

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  6. THIS part should have been in ITALICS:
    …. your post clearly celebrates and at the same time mourns the circumstances of wild animals. I was an ardent fan of zoos for a long time; I even had an annual entry card for our local zoo, that’s how much I loved going there. I went very often with my son while he was young and open to his mum’s views. I think I implanted in him a great love for anything living – but only in later years (sorry, that sounds as if I were 100+ and talking of 50yrs back, it’s not the case…), I realised fully that I won’t be going along any longer with the concept of zoos and circuses. I probably would still visit a large zoo if I were coming by one, but I don’t visit circuses any longer, if they have animals…..

    I think I didn’t see clearly through my tears…

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  7. i am sad for the animals in cages, not free and living the way that is their very nature. and for people who are in the same place, though it’s most often themselves who take their place within the cage.

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