I am in Clearwater currently, a small town in Florida, and recently I was twelve floors up in my hotel listening to a beautiful song through my headphones while looking over the bay. Watching the many birds flying over that expansive mass of water, I had a realisation.
Birds, and I suppose all animals, insects and even plants and trees, etc… have life flowing through them, motivating them to live and go on living through hardship, death and joys of birth – but that wasn’t the realisation. No, actually it was that, as I studied two of the more interesting types of birds flying away to some agreed destination, I realised while they have but a limited number of thoughts running through their heads to do with survival, such as get food, produce offspring, watch out for danger, reach a destination, and of course the emotions involved therein, we think of many, many thousands of things. In the time they have a couple of thoughts flowing around inside their minds and motivating them to certain actions, we have hundreds – if not thousands.
Yes, they have life, they feel, they desire, they fear, they hurt, but their thought process – well that’s where man is so different to the nature that surrounds him and why where animals and nature in general evolves to fit the environment, man fits the environment to suit him!
I’ve been in America for five weeks and will hit my home shores of England once more in a further five weeks. Meanwhile I’m studying about life (a wonderfully interesting subject, I must say) while also trying to write a poem a day, which will make up my next book of poems to be released within the next few months. I am certainly enjoying the combined experience!
Hope you are making the most of things.