Circle of life

I spent yesterday evening with our neighbor, who is still recovering from the very recent loss of her younger sister to cancer. She succumbed to the disease exactly two weeks after her diagnosis and her funeral service was held on Tuesday.

We watched The March of the Penguins. This was my second opportunity to see it, but her first. She was captivated, telling me afterwards that she had no idea that the lives of the birds were so difficult. We don’t often see that side of the animal kingdom; one so similar to our own – filled with triumph and tragedy.

I was particularly struck by the revelation that the older birds often die in the same spot where they are conceived, hatched, and reared. The cruel, cold world that they are born into usually claims their life in the end. There seems to be an almost poetic beauty in their demise.

It also seems strangely fitting that my partner is away visiting his sister as she brings new life into the world. One life ends and another begins. There is balance, there is order, there is harmony.

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 12 years and three fabulous felines.

6 thoughts on “Circle of life”

  1. I’ve never seen that movie. It’s great that you and your neighbor are able to keep each other company.

    It is amazing how things go full circle. I found out I was pregnant with Andrew the day of Jaime’s dad’s funeral.

  2. One of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever had was when I watched salmon struggling to make their way upstream to spawn. They, too, return to the place they were born to continue the cycle of life before dying. Witnessing these strong and journey-ragged fish fight their way up river courses and waterfalls was both compelling and primal. The re were no guarantees for these returnees, either. Some so exhausted themselves en route that they died before completing the circle.

    Another fabulous documentary about birds is “Winged Migration.” It is a visual psalm. After I had watched it, the only thing I could think to do was bow my head in prayer.

  3. @ Alyson: You should watch it. It’s wonderful.

    @ fightingwindmills: That’s an interesting thought. I heard someone say recently that it’s impossible to think without language, so animals can’t really process thought. I tend to believe they have their own language and it’s probably much more complex that we can possible imagine.

    @ MBMQ: Thank you so much.

    @ Karen: That sounds like a very moving experience. I’ve added Winged Migration to my Netflix queue.

  4. What a strong powerfil message from you to let us see harmonly among the sad personal happenings in your life. If we strech our vision to capture a bigger perspective, that is what Life is.

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