who play with
can be tamed
only with silent
© Yelling Rosa
I saw the document on Finnish bird researcher and scientist Jouko Alhainen on television today. He has worked with birds over 40 years and specialized on cranes. He said that the most important aid between two species is the non verbal communication. It is the obvious conclusion because animals can’t speak with the words, but he assumed that the non verbal communication is a good aid among people as well. He said that words can be understood many ways and none of those interpretations are necessarily the one the speaker meant. The birds don’t have misleading gestures. When they spread their wings and move forward against someone, they don’t ask the opponent for a dance but challenge it. The opponent either accepts the challenge or takes the submissive posture.
Of course we can’t expect that humans behave like birds but this little example describe how independent words are and how easily they can mislead us. Anyway, I guess that words are irresolute only in the absolute silent of the mind. This isn’t a new invention but talked by gurus for centuries. Unfortunately they have not had patience to be content with the silent and its harmony but they have started to describe the absolute silent using the words. And in no time the silent is filled with the most queer creatures and ideas; like there could be many sorts of all mighty and matchless God. We all know the consequences when two divine doctrines have crashed.
My little poem, or should I say an observation, is a modest way to praise the silent. I am also happy that the scientifically thinking, like Jouko proved to us, is also aware of how independent words can be. I believe that the strength of poetry is concealed in its nature. The best verses are the children of the silent. It is why they are so comfortable and unifying. Under the hood we all have the same motor of love. This truth is often covered by too many words.
See how Jouko trains the healed crane for flying.
Jouko Alhainen and cranes
This happens on the video clip
Andy wrote to me on the comments that he would be happy if he could hear this video in English and here is what I replied to him:
Well, there are three cranes. The one who is running on the field is called Piippa (female). Later on she is going to get well and is able to fly her way back to nature. Thanks to GPS we know that she even finds the flock where she is accepted as a member. The crane that Jouko (Bird Researcher) is tapping is called Kookka (female) the leader of the flock of these three cranes. She is at least 20 years old as she has lived with Jouko that time. She can’t ever fly. Liisi (male), the third crane, is the last in the ranks. He can’t either fly ever again. He has lived 10 years with Jouko.
First Jouko is encouraging Piippa to fly and run after Piippa on the field. Then he taps Kookka on the back and cracks Piippa up because she was training so hard. Kookka agrees with Jouko and they nod the heads. On the clip we can’t see but they went after this episode to sleep. The cranes have own place near the house and Jouko leads them there every night and wishes them good night. At the same time he shuts the door he tells the birds that “See you tomorrow”. This clip is part of the Finnish television document which introduces us Jouko Alhainen’s work and philosophy.