Thursday, April 30, 2009

All Life

Last night, a tiny mosquito, fresh and soft, little more than a speck of soot, rested his confusion on the white wall of my bathroom.

How omnipotent I felt, against this fragile sparkle of life…

I caught him in a glass jar and sent him away, on the night wind, to tell Spring how happy I was she’s sent her heralds.

This afternoon, in the warm rain, I was again a gentle god, tiptoeing on the stone pavement, to spare the lives of young earthworms…

17 comments:

moonrat said...

you are a better buddhist than i.

earthworms i rescue. mosquitos i smash.

Aniket said...

With great power comes greater responsibility. Glad you are using yours for good.

Though killing can be fun at times. :D

The force is strong with you young one. :-)

laughingwolf said...

moonie expressed precisely my own sentiments on the situation, v... i have an allergic reaction to most bites and stings, so try to nip any potential attack in the bud :)

deepazartz said...

How wonderful these lines are!!!
I totally agree with you. Even I can't stand the sight of 'violence' even if that means killing an ant..After all that is 'life'...living in togetherness:)Even the smallest being has the right to share this world with us.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm afraid when the mosquitoes hunt me I hunt back. But I do save earthworms.

L.A. Mitchell said...

We must be resonating with nature. Today I righted a junebug trapped on his back :)

the walking man said...

...and the harsher gods of bats and birds, who must eat also, thank you for your kindness.

strugglingwriter said...

Beautiful.
Love this line the most:
"I caught him in a glass jar and sent him away, on the night wind, to tell Spring how happy I was she’s sent her heralds."

Paul

Karen said...

Your heart and spirit are manifest in such small kindnesses that mean everything to the recipients.

Will Kinshella said...

Elegant manifestations of feeling and emotion, as always.

I find I envy your skill in every line. Brilliant.

BernardL said...

Earthworms... yeah, I'm going around - bloodsuckers in any season get smashed to still their incessant irritating whine before they feast on yet another benevolent God. :)

Geraldine said...

There are so many signs of spring we don't usually think much about. Thanks for this reminder. It's all good (unless they suck blood out of us)!!! :<(


Hugs and Happy Weekend, G

Catvibe said...

LOL Vesper, I do this too. Especially because I know how important the little guys are to the garden. I love the photo. :-)

Vesper said...

Moonrat, I admit I’m not familiar with the precepts of Buddhism… It just comes to me naturally. :-) Obviously, I will not let them bite me , but at the same time I will avoid harming them as much as possible. :-)

Aniket, Spider-man and Star Wars… I like that! :-)

Sorry about your allergic reaction, LW… :-)

Deepazartz, thank you so much! Even the smallest being has the right to share this world with us. That’s how I feel and that’s what I teach to my daughters. I’m glad you think the same.

Charles, you do it to protect yourself, not just for fun… :-)

L.A., I save ants, flies, spiders, junebugs from my swimming pool all the time… :-) I’m sure we resonate with nature…

Mark, I’m sure they do… but it’s for a better cause… :-)

Thank you kindly, Paul. :-)

Karen, thank you for seeing this. :-)

Ah, Will, you are so kind and I am so pleased… Thank you! :-)

Bernard, I wonder what produces the “whine”… They could be stealthier and therefore more successful… :-)

I’m amazed to discover these signs everyday, Geraldine. I hope you had a great weekend. xoxoxo

I had no doubt you too did that, Cat! :-)

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

your sweet kindness toward helpless creatures does not surprise me... I feel exactly the same way...thanks for being you.

Grayquill said...

Grab that worm and lets go fishin

Ketan said...

Hi!

Though I tend to stay calm in most situations, sight of a mosquito is a definite exception. Once, I'd deliberately held myself from killing a mosquito as a form of mental experiment, and I was suprised to realize I was palpitating with anger! I killed it like always.

I wouldn't mind if a mosquito would just bite, but the itch that follows is just irritating.

Well written! I'll think of this post each time I kill a mosquito! ;)

Take care.