Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Entropy of Life

Wistman's Woods

An annual ritual is to go for a long hike in the woods as soon as spring has confirmed its reappearance for more than 2 days. After just a brief time, the bad things that happen to good people and the good things that happen to bad people seemed irrelevant.

I was watching a Labrador excitedly chasing whatever he was chasing in a shallow river, true to his breed. I smiled as he found a branch. Too big. Another branch. Gotta show master.

I relaxed into the soothing tapping of raindrops. Admired the tenacity of life. Listened to birds communicating. Serenity.

I watched as birds hopped on the ground singing to each other and saw them pull earthworms from the wet ground to feed and nurture future generations of feathered singers.

Then I imagined what that experience must be like for the worm.

Totally. Ruined. The. Moment.

19 comments:

  1. I guess the thought that their ancestors are dinosaurs probably didn't help, either, huh?

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    1. Dinosaurs became earthworms??? How the mighty have fallen indeed!

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    3. @Al, I think I was too busy empathizing with worms.

      @Vinny,Hahahaha

      Let's get rid of the useless arms first. Take that fearsome predator.

      Yours truly,
      Pre-historic herbivores

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  2. That is why I try not to think too much when I'm observing things that make me feel at peace. It usually doesn't work (the brain is a hard thing to turn off), but I try.

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    1. Not sure about you, but my brain does its own thing.

      I have however, managed to turn correct grammar and spelling off.

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  3. The world is in order. But how utterly violent nature can be!

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    1. Maybe nature is just reminding us of our lowly position in the universe;)

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  4. *shakes head* trust you to look at it from the worms perspective... Then again, if we didn't have worms the world would probably explode. ;)

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  5. LOL. I know, right?
    Worm: It's a great day. The soil is loose and soft after the rain. I contribute to the world by aerating and fertilizing the earth. It's nice and dark and warm......WTH!!!!?????

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  6. Have you seen the earthworms in Italy? Unreal. It's like they're on steroids. More than enough for one bird.

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    1. @dbs, I was too busy looking at all the overwhelming art, but I guess even the birds eat well in bella Italia.;)

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    2. Never mind stinky Italian earth worms.. They are huge here in Australia..they'll take an arm off..(cause everything in Australia wants to kill you)! :)

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    3. Except Ants. They're small everywhere.
      Just saying.;)

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    4. no we have Bull ants (can grow up to 40mm/ over an inch). they have venom in their sting as well. Also fire ants that want to eat you alive...lol.

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  7. Or the stick? What about the stick that's being drooled on by the Lab?

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