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So many “here”s and so many “there”s




So many “here”s and so many “there”s
                 scurrying like little ants to their “anywhere”s
So many whens and so many hows
                 rushing to work or driving their plows

This many fingers how old am eye
                 that many soaring jets polluting the sky
Which way is right when all ways are wrong
                 beyond the grip of time need not move along

So many wants and not many whys
                 running for cover telling their lies
So many sorrows and not enough joys
                 too many war rifles making dead boys

This many dollars and not enough love
                 that many looking down but not up above
Which crazy leader as they kiss his hind end
                 damning the environment without earth as a friend



[Note:  The photographs are of Painted Fire Red Shrimp that i keep as pets and breed.  No, we do not have a name for each individual shrimp; however, you are welcome to try!  🙂  They do not need a heater — liking cold water — and eat very little, having a very low bioload.  They are becoming increasingly more popular as aquarium pets.  I really like them, as they are very interesting, comical, and do not fight amongst each other.  In the lower photograph, many are grouped together in one corner of the aquarium; that is because it is feeding time, and that area is where i feed them twice a day.  Note that some have cleverly discovered that they do not have to share the little sinking, white food pellets as much if they can snatch them off of the bottom and take them up the walls of the Matten Sponge Filter.  I also have (in other aquariums) a couple of other varieties.  One variety is called Snowball Shrimp; the females carry, for over a month, many white eggs (inside of them, that you can see), and they look like pure white snowballs.]



Painted Fire Red Shrimp (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018

Painted Fire Red Shrimp (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018






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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. Those shrimp are fascinating. I’ve never been around many acquariums, and had no idea there were such cute, colorful creatures. They certainly are well-named; that’s a brilliant red.


  2. Wow Tom, I have to look into these. I have an aquarium, but every living creature that resided in it has gone on to that big ole aquarium in the sky! 🙂 I love visiting aquariums, but the one I really fell in love with was the Maui aquarium. Oh my gosh talk about colorful! I was not familiar with this species of shrimp but I will have to check around my neck of the woods and see if they are available. Love that fiery red! 😀


    • What size is your aquarium? I’d send you some for free, if you want, but you’d have to pay for shipping. Only ask for some if you are willing to (religiously) clean the tank weekly by siphoning out 1/3 of the water using a gravel vacuum hose. This species only does well in hard water. Soft water will not work. Additionally, black gravel needs to cover 2/3 of the bottom of the tank; the other 1/3 of the bottom is bare glass. The gravel must be black or they will slowly turn into whatever other color your gravel is… or turn into some nasty shade. Take your time to think about it and if you don’t want shrimp just yet… that’s fine. 🙂


      • Awwww…thanks so much for the offer Tom. Let me think about it, because I want to be fully committed before taking on such a precious undertaking! 🙂 You are so kind and thanks again for the offer and for the advice as well! 😀 Cheers!

  3. Really interesting and peaceful animals. That would be the first time a president could learn something from a shrimp:) Hope the river didn’t rise more, Thomas. Have a nice day, regards Mitza


  4. Perhaps the survival of planet Earth rests with such as your shrimp … they may be here when we foolish humans are extinct. Your poem says well what’s amiss.


  5. Great poem! I have never known anyone having pet shrimp before. They would certainly brighten up a room.


  6. Cool looking shrimp! When we had an aquarium for many years, we include ghost shrimp in our tank. They were great on helping to keep our tank clean. 🙂


      • We had them for many years while the kids were growing up, it all started with that ‘free goldfish in the bag’, lol. When the kids left, I still kept it going for a few years, it was quite entertaining and relaxing to watch. 🙂

  7. Meaningful and powerful verses! I’ve had aquariums with fish but never shrimp! Cute little fellas….


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