what pigs can tell us about kindness

this is one of those things
you read about, like a dolphin
helping to push a whale
out to open ocean, working
next to two-legged things
without fins

we learn of dogs
nursing kittens or even tiger pups
because they too know hunger
inside small mouths
& answer it

so the idea of a pig
rescuing a baby goat
from drowning
while the human just stands there
doing nothing but recording
the struggle

tells me something more of pigs
& less of people

***inspired by Mimi’s post here http://waitingforthekarmatruck.com/2012/09/21/reminds-me-of-charlottes-web/ and written for the “unexpected” prompt at Dverse.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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48 Responses to what pigs can tell us about kindness

  1. Karin Wiberg says:

    Good poem and video.

  2. Trent Lewin says:

    Isn’t that the sad truth. Pigs smarter than people, or at least more caring.

  3. I’ve heard it said before that pigs are intelligent. When we call someone a “pig” as an insult, perhaps it’s us in the wrong… Hmmm… Makes me think!

    Oh god, I was going to do sausages for tea… now thinking of pigs…

  4. Green Speck says:

    Perhaps they are more caring than humans !!!

  5. davidtrudel says:

    Charlotte’s Web was not a fantasy after all. Pigs are radiant.

  6. claudia says:

    wow..is that a true story with the pig saving the baby goat from drowning…heck…yes we surely can learn something from this…weird that he just stood there recording…i wonder at many of these recordings you see you youtube anyway…some better would put their phones away and help people…ugh…weird world…well penned susan

  7. Nineteenfifteen says:

    I love animals.

  8. Seb says:

    There’s a wider analogy at play here – the spectator/”journalist” is a pervasive and ignoble being. The pigs of the world who actually risk and act heroically, not so much and usually end up getting sued by someone!

  9. kikischeuer says:

    It is a sad thing when we realize that these days, to call an asshole an ‘animal’ is a grieveous insult to animals. Good write. 🙂

  10. brian miller says:

    oh snap…it does say much of us…even the animals have the instinct to help out and yet we capture the moment to see how many hits we can get on you tube…i wonder at what point we forgot this?

  11. jcosmonewbery says:

    It is a sad thing when we can no longer apply our humanity but only admire it in other creatures. But at least we still recognise it even if we seem to not realise we have lost it. Nicely written.

  12. ManicDdaily says:

    Well, I like anything that reminds me of Charlotte’s Web! This is a very interesting story and really cool poem – the kinship of the hoofed and beating hearted! k.

  13. What an extraordinary tale ~ cool poem ~

  14. Sabio Lantz says:

    Wow, three poems about pigs today, I think Allah is trying to get through to me. 🙂
    Pigs are surprising — surprisingly tasty.

  15. Mary says:

    Enjoyed your poem. When I saw that video, I truly WAS appalled that the human stood there photographing as the pig did the rescuing. Does not speak well for humankind. Perhaps we should consider elevating pigs from the barnyard into the political arena. Maybe they could help. (LOL)

  16. I have to agree with preferring animals to humans most of the time, I certainly spend more time with them. Thought provoking and moving.

  17. nephiriel says:

    wonderful poem.
    i pondered watching the video, but decided against it… reading this, i feel ashamed enough thinking about that certain human being as it is.
    thank you for your beautiful, very true words.

  18. Julie Laing says:

    What an unexpected story, Susan! I enjoyed the piece you drew from it. It’s amazing how often brains switch off when a camera switches on, particularly when someone is recording animals. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people act like idiots–sometimes dangerous ones–because they’re taking stills or video of mountain goats, bears, and moose around here (NW Montana). I really liked the penultimate lines; they have quite a punch–so much that I’d almost end the piece there, IMHO.

  19. Ruth says:

    tells me pretty much the same thing… help comes from unexpected places & quite often puts one to shame

  20. janehewey says:

    pigs don’t seem to have that silly “what if…” mechanism that humans do. thank goodness. a wonderful story, Susan. thank you for writing it into my awareness.

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