Fueled by their own fear and ignorance
A bully can come in any shape or size
attacking those they don’t understand
abusing and overpowering those they despise
Toxic words and deeds load their guns
while their hearts spew molten lava of hate
Intolerant of those who disagree with them
and seeking out the gentle to shove and berate
How many lives have hung by a hopeless rope
woven of strands of isolation and rejection
because no one had the courage to speak up
thinking the risk was not their obligation?
Wendy ❀ 2014
I took these pictures of the Sea Lions at Fanny Bay, Vancouver Island.
They were a happy and noisy bunch.
But there was one that the others seemed to dislike.
It looked like a classic case of bullying.
Hating back is not the answer.
Do you have someone in your life that you’ve spoken up for?
Bullying can happen anywhere.
These creatures might look sluggish
but they can swim up to 25 mph when threatened.
They are able to dive as deep as 600 ft for seafood
and not need air for about 40 min.
Their natural enemies are great white sharks
and killer whales.
Plastic garbage on beaches and waterways
are also dangerous for them if swallowed or wrapped around their necks.
These pictures show both Steller and California Sea Lions.
The larger and lighter colored ones are the Stellers.
They molt annually.
I found it intriguing that they prefer to remain cuddled up
even when there’s no shortage of room.
In their natural habitat, their lifespan may as much as 25 years.
The Steller males can get up to 1500 lbs ( females considerably smaller)
and 11 feet long.
As humans we need to stop environmentally bullying these animals.
We need to stop littering and polluting.
Let’s clean up our act.
God asked us to exercise dominion–not destruction over creation.
Speak Up Blessings ~ Wendy ❀
Here’s a link to a 39 second video I took of the boisterous choir.
Here is a link to the CBC news report about a rescue
done in the same bay my video taken was in:
49 thoughts on “Speak Up”
Love this, Wendy! Well said. Have a blessed Easter, Dear Friend.
Skye, thank you. I love how your blog posts always feel like a visit with a lovely friend ~ because you are lovely. Keep doing what you do. ❀
I love the pictures of them cuddled up! So sweet. And a very needed message. Wishing you a wonderful Easter!
Thank you. Linda. I hope that your recent snowfall has long since melted into a warm spring day. ❀
So very relevant and courageous. Yes, we do have to speak up. And this is such a meaningful post, Wendy. Have a lovely Easter! 🙂 Love, Iris.
Thank you, dear Iris. I hope that your weekend was full of joy and peace. Blessings on your week. ❀
Definitely we have to speak out– right now in Canada the seal slaughter goes on as I write. I just supported PETA in its fight against this horrendous slaughter of unspeakable cruelty. Thanks for posting this, Wendy, and it is a beautiful post, as always.
Thank you, dear Ellen. ❀ It’s wonderful that there are organizations looking out for both animal and human babies. It gives me hope.
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A very enlightening and engaged post… Your words are so revelant and it would be great for us to keep them in mind.
I loved the poetic cards you have added here, particularly the last one:
“Don´t leave me to fly alone… It takes a community to make a home”.
Absolutely touching, thanks fro sharing and wishing you a great Easter over there.
Thank you, dear Aquileana. I really appreciate your kind words.I especially enjoy pairing poems and pictures. ❀
Yes, community is important – for it spells home 🙂
I agree, Eric. Thank you for your lovely comment. ❀
Thank you ❀
Goodness! Are they always that noisy? I like the way you express our disregard for the seals and their environment as bullying.
My husband, who drives by there regularly says, “Yes, they’re always loud.” I could have sat and watched them for hours. ❀ Thank you for your visit.
Just as well Navy Seals don’t take after the real seals. 🙂
What a blessing you are by sharing your wonderful writing! This brought tears to my eyes…I see so much of it in our world today.
Thank you for your kind words. Each time we reach out to someone in our part little part of the world we are helping–even if we just have a smile to offer someone. ❀
Thank you, Wendy, for encouraging us to speak up today. We loved your video of the sea lions talking! God bless you and your heart for the hurting!
Debbie, it made me smile to think of you both enjoying those chatty sea lions. Thank you for your visits and comments. It’s so nice to see your new poems on your always peaceful blog. ❀ You draw us to the Prince of Peace with each one that you write.
This is such a lovely post Wendy. Bullying is so horrible. I remember ithappening to one of my children and when I spoke up about it I was trembling and it made me fel ill so it has ripple effects to upon everyone involved.
What gorgeous photos here and I love how the sea lions all cuddle up to each other.
Love and blessings x
Christine, I can so picture you standing up for your son. Your heart must have overflowed with motherly love. Yes, bullying affects those around the injured. Bless you for being a bold mom. ❀ I’d rather be accused of caring too much than not enough.
Love these beautiful animals. Lovely and thoughtful post, Wendy. x
Thank you, dear Jennifer. They were wonderful to watch. ❀
Beautifully correlated the pictures of the Sea Lions and the wisdom in ‘speaking-up’! Empower yourself and live life must be practiced! Thanks Wendy 🙂
Thank you, Dilip. I agree that it’s empowering for us to ‘speak up’ for others and ourselves, when needed. ❀
More beautiful haiga to enjoy here, and I loved the participation of the seals. May you and yours all enjoy an Easter Season rich with blessings.
Dear Mary, thank you for your visits. I hope that you are enjoying the changing colors of autumn as much as we are pleased with the spring flowers over here. ❀
Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
LOOK WHAT PICTURE I FOUND???????
Thank you, Jonathan, for the reblog. ❀
Thank you for the thoughtful words….AND SEA LIONS!!!!! 🙂
Beautiful post, Wendy!
Thank you, Easter! ❀
🙂 Always my pleasure, Wendy!
.Exciting photo’s and lovely textes
Thank you, Marylou! ❀
Hello Wendy and Happy weekend .
Just dropping by to tell you that I have nominated you for a great four award. Check out the nomination here (scroll down the page):
Congratulations and best wishes,
Thank you so much, Aquileana. I’m honored that you have nominated me. Your blog is teaching me so much about mythology–which is something I’ve neglected to study. I don’t participate in awards anymore;however, I will gladly mention you and your wonderful blog on my next post. Are you by any chance working on a book? ❀ (I’m posting about writing next week.)
Thanks for your nice words, Really Good to read them. As to your last question, woefully I am not… I think It would take me too much time and right now I don’ t think I would be able to do It… Maybe later on, starting next summer…Who knows… Anyway it makes me glad to know that you have thought of me… If you are interested I am thinking that Maybe I can suggest you any friend out there… As you wish, my dear… Let me know If I can help.
Best wishes, always, Aquileana 😉
beautiful! thank you for being one of the longterm friends who has stuck with me through these years of blogging!
Thank you, also. It’s comforting to see longterm blogger friends visit back and forth. Blessings ~ Wendy ❀
love your photography, articles and website!
thank you very much for subscribing to me. Eddie
Thank you, also, Eddie. I enjoy the combination of quotes and pictures on your blog. ❀
You know, Wendy, this post struck me as particularly touching because to this day as a grown adult I still see others bullying each other and this beautiful earth that God created. It saddens me deeply to think about how people just live their lives so self-centered that nothing outside their “zone” matters.
I love your photos. But I love your words more. You’ve always been such an inspiration. <3
Heather, thank you so much for your encouragement.
I’ve recently been reading about narcissism. It seems that our N.A.culture has many of the symptoms of this personality disorder. But nothing is too difficult for God–a sincere and Spirit-filled revival could clean us all up in short order. ❀
Wise and wonderful words and photos. Thanks also for the research you’ve put in, makes for fascinating reading. And thank-you for your recent ‘like’. Blessings!
Thank you for visiting here. I appreciate your like and comment. Blessings to you too.