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When i first laid eyes on you

          it was love at first sight

Then i got to know you better and realized

          that we have so very much in common

You relish eating delectable meals

          (So do i)

You love to smell the nearby,splendid wildflowers

          (So do i)

You love the songs of the joyful,little birds early in the mornings

          (So do i)

You like to watch beautiful horses sprightly prancing around

          (So do i)

You love to roll around in the sweet,textured mud

          (So do i)      (Well,at least i did when i was your age)

You dislike being bossed,bullied,and pushed around by heartless people

          (Same for me)

As time went by,i became even more enamored with you

          Rumor had it,though,that you might be liquidated by carnivorous others

(That played heavy on my heart)        I was looking forward to seeing you again

          but not (being myself a long-term vegetarian) between

          someone else’s two slices of bread

It is a shame when others dismiss you as

          merely being a swine

We are all hoggish in our lives in

          one form or another


This poem is dedicated — with much respect and fondness —  to Jinx.  Jinx was a bus driver at the school for the multiply handicapped where i worked as a teacher.  In warm weather, i would often take my sack lunch to the beautiful river that was right on the school property… and eat my lunch on the banks, watching the river go by.  Jinx would often be there fishing during his lunch break; he would release any fish that he caught.  Jinx, when he found out that i was a vegetarian, told me that he had been the owner of a pig farm for many years.  Then, one day, he decided to give it all up, because it seemed wrong to be raising them for slaughter.  Jinx became a vegetarian.  Quite some time later, after i had switched over to another school, i found out that Jinx died.  Jinx was driving through Chicago.  He had seen a house on fire and heard screams from children inside the house.  Without hesitation, Jinx ran into the house in an attempt to rescue the children.  Jinx died in that fire.  He is a true hero (and he had real love).

Miss Piggy (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Miss Piggy (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Miss Piggy (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Miss Piggy (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016




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My Blog primarily consists of close-up nature photos (that I've taken locally) combined with original holistic-truth oriented prose and/or poetry involving mindfulness/awareness. I love nature and I love understanding the whole (not merely the parts and the details). I'm a retired teacher of the multiply handicapped. I have a number of interesting hobbies, such as fossil collecting, sport-kite flying, 3D and 2D close-up photography, holography, and pets. Most of all, I am into holistic self-awareness, spontaneous insight, unconventional observation/direct perception, mindfulness, meditation, world peace, non-fragmentation, population control, vegetarianism, and green energy. To follow my unique Blog of "Nature Photos and Mindfulness Sayings" and for RSS feeds to my new posts, please access at: (On my regular Blog posting pages, for additional information and to follow, simply click on the "tack icon" at the upper right corner... or, on my profile page, you can click on the "Thomas Peace" icon.) Stay mindful, understanding, and caring!...

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  1. Aw Jinx really was a true hero, and it takes some guts to totally change your life around out of respect for another sentient being (pigs.)
    Pigs get such a bad rap; they are highly intelligent and actually very clean animals; much more similar to ourselves than many people realise. They think it is all about the chimps!


    • Yes, Sci, he was a true hero. Yes, it takes a lot of guts to quit your livelihood and dramatically change your life around out of love and respect for another life-form.
      Yes… they get a very bad rap. Many people don’t realize just how intelligent they are. They are even smarter than dogs… and i don’t have to explain to you what that means! And they have to go into mud on warm days, because they do not (like we do) have sweat glands.


  2. Interesting choice/use of photos. The first one beautifully reflects the underlying “hoggish” beauty of the first part of your Miss Piggy post, the second the poignancy of Jinx’s related story.


      • I re-read all the way to end, and can see how hard this might be. I was thinking of the connection with the piggy, rather than the tribute to a remarkable human. 🙏

      • So very nice of you, Val, for looking into the connection! There were a lot of tears in the making of this one, both for the pig and for Jinx. Somehow, both have a real similarity and deep connection. Sometimes, for some of us, life isn’t fair; you get all kinds of wonderful attributes and sensitivity… and by circumstances — either intentionally by others or by mere chance — you end up getting screwed. One realizes, though, that both had much joy and a lot of excellent perceptions in the life — even though it was cut short for both — and that may certainly be more than good enough. 🙂

  3. monkey enjoy 100 % read tribute to good human being jinx. btw 1 of favorite book series Man read when he little boy = freddy the pig by walter r brooks. in series one of main character in all 26 book = jinx a cat who big friend of freddy.


    • Wow! That is a weird coincidence! The real life Jinx became the true friend of pigs. Today, i looked up Walter R Brooks online and read about the series. Another weird coincidence is that online it mentions that Jinx the cat, in the series, is black; the real life Jinx was African American. Now i’m wondering if Jinx acquired that name (or gave himself that name, that everyone called him by) because of familiarity with that series. It would be interesting to inquire into with friends or relatives, but it’s been a very long time since his passing.


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