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BOTSWANA: A PARADISE FAR FROM THE HUMAN JUNGLE

THE HUMAN RACE

BOTSWANA: A HALF-A-WORLD-AWAY

 

I sit on the veranda

a half-a-world-away

watching the golden sun

in its last breath of day

filter through silhouetted leaves

of the ebony and acacia trees,

then quickly fall beneath

the silent Chobe River

leaving nothing but stars

guarding Venus

and her lantern moon.

And not too soon,

I marvel at the distance

I’ve traveled to get

where thoughts run free,

a half-a-world-away

from what is home to me.

To reach this

untamed place,

was such a human race.

After an eternity of soaring

on man-made wings,

I found this hideaway

where elephants

rule as kings.

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Where lions make love

for hours on end,

where pythons

coil, constrict and bend.

Giant Tuskers trumpet

and hippos bellow

in this

wild-animal bordello.

Leopards hunt,

warthogs grunt.

Zebra,  giraffe,

Cape buffalo,

they all play host

on this fertile land  

that has no coast.  

As eagles work the breeze,

scores of vultures

perch high

on limbs of trees.

Mosquitoes sting.

Myriad birds sing

in glorious cacophony.

They hoot and caw and chirp

in their inimitable

high-pitched harmony.

Crickets

tuned just right

play their

Stradivarius legs

throughout the night.

For those who must return

to their civilized encampment,

where plastic reigns

and torment gains,

Botswana is

enchantment.

A visit

permits a glimpse

at secrets we’ve been

blind to.

A moment just to ponder

was well worth

the wander.

Flying half way

round the world

aboard a 747,

proved to me,

at least:

It takes time

to get to heaven.

 

Boots LeBaron

 

(Overlooking the Chobe River,

a tributary of the Zambezi River

in southern Africa’s Botswana)

 

HOW DO WE STOP DESECRATING TODAY’S ENVIRONMENT? GOT ME!

THE HUMAN RACE

THOUGHTS FROM MY BENCH AT THE PIER!

 

As I sit and watch the dolphins

Cruising by the pier,

Cutting through the waters,

So far and yet so near.

 

As I watch the surfers ride the waves,

Not damaging the shore,

I find the two are close of kin,

This world they do adore.

 

Yet the dolphins must survive in

Waters polluted by the human race.

So it’s brother hurting brother,

What an ecological disgrace.

 

When we look across the waters

And breathe the air so sweet,

Why can’t we seem to comprehend

We’re desecrating nature’s treat?

We admire the skies, the Earth and seas,

The playground where we abound.

What must it take to convince us folks,

We’re treading on sacred ground?

 

A tiny speck in the universe, we are.

Is that truth so difficult  to conceive?

Earth belongs to  every living creature.

That’s a reality you’d better believe!

 

— Boots LeBaron —

 (Boots’ book, “THE HUMAN RACE,” is available

on Kindle and in paperback on Amazon.  It contains

stories about real people, light poetry and essays)

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