This what I witnessed a few years a go.


It is said an animals first instinct is self preservation

Let me tell you that is not always so

One morning I were om my way home from a night shift

Down the coal mine - Betshanger - under the Kentish fields

I was walking through an alleyway to my house

When in front of me I saw to small creatures , were a struggling

With a second , thought it was a fight as I got closer I saw

They were moles , one were still , still as death the first

Were struggling to get the other to get a way, first kept

A coming back pulling a struggling with the dead body of it's mate

Braving me , a threat it believed I were, I looked around found

An abandoned food box , I scoped them up , put then both in

The box put them over the near bye wall of the town cemetery

I saw love , the courage of that love, of devotion of one creature

For it's mate.

ken d williams

The Dyslexic Wordsmith


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Written on 2007-09-15 at 18:36

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Another wonderful animal story Ken. I do believe that is your forte. You are the Gerald Durrell of the poet world. That behaviour tells us so much more about animals we often think of as dumb. They are smarter and braver than us sometimes :)

Soup in the Sand
Beautiful write, such emotion, especially those last couple line- aye it is now generally accepted that mammals and many birds feel emotion, and will make decisions based on those emotions. Not all instinct. Especially here. The death of a dear mate...poor mole. Glad you were there to witness this delicate scene, and have thus portrayed it. I have seen such in nature, as well, animals making sacrifices for the sake of another.
2012-05-17 Moods The PoetBay support member heart!
i also believe that animals have complicity and care for each other... this is a nice story Ken, and very heartwarming to read... thanks :f *hugs* xx