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Mysterious Sounds & a Song from my Heart

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Our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday was “animal sounds.” “Write about the sounds animals make and how you experience them. Have fun!”

It was after midnight. I went out onto the balcony to look at the stars. The darkness was thick like a wool blanket over our mountain hideaway. A few stars peeked out through the evergreen trees. Cool, fresh air filled my lungs and tingled my face and hands.

Then I heard it. It sounded like a duck quacking at first. Then there was a screeching, snarling noise below, maybe fifty feet away. Were the two sounds from the same animal? Were two animals fighting. Was something hurt? I didn’t want to think about that. I waited and the same noise came again, both noises right after each other suggesting it came from the same animal.

Over the next few minutes, the noise repeated. The quacking diminished and the snarling increased.

I would have loved to have heard a wolf howl, or even a coyote. Or a bear grunting. A wolf would be better. When I was five years old my dad was stationed at the naval base on Newfoundland, Canada. We lived on base near some hills where wolves would howl at night. I don’t remember this well, at least not consciously, but oh how I would have appreciated this more much later in life.

After a while, the noise did not come back and the chill sent me back inside. I never found out what animal or animals made that sound. I’ll listen for it when we visit the mountains again.

Years ago, I wrote a song. It was back in high school, kind a corny maybe, but heartfelt. The song was about extinction. I added a stanza more recently, but for some reason, I don’t know where I put the words. I wonder if I can remember it now. I’ll try.

Once you could see

a million brown deer

We knew they’d be here for us

a l w a y s…… a l w a y s

Once you could see

the birds in the sky

We knew they would fly for us

a l w a y s…… a l w a y s

(bridge/guitar solo)

You can still see the birds

You can look, even feel

And they seem almost real

Yet somehow out of place

In their polished glass case.

And the deer in the park

stumble in the dark

And they seem kinds lame

But no one takes blame

For their blindness.

(Here’s the new part:)

Once we could hear

the wolf and the whale

Their voices would sail to us

a l w a y s…… a l w a y s.

But the wolf and the whale

No longer cry

They’re just stars in the sky.

No one stands by

For the singing.

(bridge/guitar)

Still we can see

the birds in the sky

We pray they will fly, always.

Still we might see

A million brown deer

We pray they’ll be here, always.

Still we can hear

the wolf and the whale

May wisdom prevail for them

a l w a y s…… a l w a y s……

© Joanne Macco, aka joannaoftheforest

 

great voices wolf pup

Hard to explain with no editing. I don’t remember if all these words are what I originally wrote, but it’s pretty close. On the guitar, I use chords …. wait let me check…. E, Em, and another chord I don’t know the name of in the beginning. Then there’s a bridge into the sad parts with G, D, A, and Em. Then back to the first chords for the hopeful part.

Dang. I didn’t write about Doodle howling when I tuned my guitar. But you can imagine.

Doodle w foot on head

I miss Doodle bug.

For more animal sounds in the stream of consciousness, and the rules for #SoCS,

visit Linda’s blog:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/02/21/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-feb-22-2020/

 

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

19 thoughts on “Mysterious Sounds & a Song from my Heart

  1. Appreciating your memories of animal sounds, and when you were younger, the wolves….your song, and feeling that love for our animal habitats…protection, love…
    Your pupper is very adorable. I can picture…

  2. Love the quote – “many great voices and not all are human” I feel the same way.

  3. Poignant musings on our impact on the animals and planet. Let’s hope we wake up to live in harmony. Thanks JoAnna.

  4. Love your song!

  5. Your song touched my heart. The extinction, or potential extinction, of the beautiful critters on this planet is breaking my heart. And, those who could do the most, do nothing. The rest of us try … but we can only do so much. Thank you for these beautiful lyrics. Now, I think next you should make a video of you playing and singing it! ♫

  6. I love…Love…LOVE your song, JoAnna!! I wish you would include a video of you singing it!! The words are profound and incredibly powerful…especially being written by a much younger you. Your soul shines brightly and the clear message of love is empowering.
    I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Keep shining!! ❤

    • Thank you so much for your encouraging and heartfelt words, Lorrie. You’ve got me thinking about how I’ve carried this song with me all these years, thinking it was kinda corny, but now, it has become even more important. I think I’ll polish it a bit and maybe even think about doing a video. Your enthusiastic support means so much to me. I am grateful. Keep shining your beautiful light, too, Lorrie. ❤

  7. Great SoCS for the prompt, JoAnna! I wonder what that animal was that you heard in the dark? Where I live, we hear the coyotes howl at night and the night birds and morning bird sounds too. Even the deer snorting. Your poem captures the sounds of animals very well, nice job!

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