Hurt no living thing

Hurt no living thing:

Ladybird, nor butterfly,

Nor moth with dusty wing,

Nor cricket chirping cheerily,

Nor grasshopper so light of leap,

Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat,

Nor harmless worms that creep.

~Christina Rossetti, (1830 – 1894)

6 thoughts on “Hurt no living thing

  1. stunning! you and your chief of photography are simply AMAZING! i love this…..a pictorial of things that go chirp in the night. (or are perfectly silent.) xox

    • I know this poem by heart and often repeat these gentle lines to myself. It’s a joy to share them here, along with photos I’ve taken of leaping, crawling, winged friends I’ve met in garden, meadow and grove! xxoo

  2. Oh, this is so appropriate for my day today! For the past 36 hours, I kept hearing a chirping coming from outside my window. But a persistent one–that seemed to continue to come from the same place. I was just busy enough to note it but not really connect the dots. Thank goodness I did today! I checked my window well and a small robin was in it. My neighbor helped me get it out–it could fly, but was just a fledgling, so not very high. You’ll love this next part–its family started to dive-bomb my neighbor to keep it safe:). We backed off and let Mama & Daddy take over. I was giddy:). And am sure only someone as sensitive as you will understand that feeling . . .

    • Oh, I’m so glad you told me about this, Kristine! What a fine adventure, all in the service of one small fledgling. You and your neighbor saved the day! And I’m smiling! xxoo

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