Saturday, March 10, 2012

For Real Toads: love and affection

As a prompt for the writers' group Imaginary Garden with Real Toads yesterday, Marian chose the 1976 song Love and Affection by soul songstress Joan Armatrading.
There were some beautiful responses to this wonderful musical prompt by other members of Real Toads yesterday, but my mind was blank.
Today I managed to come up with this:

love and affection aren’t just the things
© Richard Schear photo
that animals do in the spring,
love and affection
are caring
and sharing
and helping
and listening
and thinking
of someone’s real needs—
heeding signals in disguise,
looking deep in someone's eyes
to diagnose the pain and then
giving love and affection again

I am also linking this to Weekend Writers' Retreat, at the Grandma's Goulash blog.


kaykuala said...

How nice, Kay! Truly enough! Love and affections are not the monopoly of humans alone. These run through the animal kingdom too! Great thinking!


Julie said...

Listening to the pain, in my opinion, is a lost art of affection.

Mama Zen said...

This is marvelous!

Grace said...

Nice take on the prompt...I have seen mates (animals) caring for each other, and its lovely to see these acts ~

(aka Heaven)

Marian said...

aw. love it. true!

Cezar and Léia said...

this post is so adorable!Love the poem and the cute critter picture!

Herotomost said...

This is the way its supposed to be I think.....lets put it to music and roll it out.