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 Post subject: Re: Duke
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:47 pm 
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Not for sensitive viewers.



I will post only this one image, the rest is only ugly.



Click only if you want to see the body! If you want to remember Duke as he was, just leave it.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:23 pm 
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Wow, it is like a funeral.

Brings out all the 'relatives' from far & wide that we have not heard of for years.

That is a REAL tribute.

I presume, Imberbe, that the bush cleaners had started their work?

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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Yes, pretty much completed it by this time.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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RIP DUKE. I hope your end was peaceful, the correct way for our gentle giant.
I had seen you again last year and looked for you last month but it was not to be.
You will be so missed, just knowing you were around was enough.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:37 pm 
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Sadness overcame me when I learned of Duke’s death. Lillian and I only saw him once; in August of 2007, just a few days before he lost the first of his superb tusks. Ever since then we have been following the life and times of the old tusker as and when he made the news.

A recount of that first and only encounter was posted here.

The three hours we spent in the gentle giant’s presence and the certainty I felt then that we would not be seeing Duke again, inspired me to later write a poem about my impressions and thoughts at the time. Below I post an appropriate rewrite

I remember as we left Duke with emotional knots in our hearts, one of the askaris trumpeted and Duke raised his trunk as if in a salute – the combination of which caused a chill up my spine and a tear or two welling up. It is the same now as, with hearts filled to the brim with the blessing of having seen this icon of Kruger, I think back to those precious few hours.
It is time to bid you a final farewell, Dukie… We shall miss you.

Duke

The draughts of your breath diverted the evening breeze
and the casual flapping of your ears started the whirlwind.
With the rumbling of your belly and your thrilling trumpet
you filled the skies with the stirring sounds of triumph.
You bugled the bold notes, letting the wild harmony ascend
across the vastness of the African savannah until,
insidiously, the strains decayed and melted away,
in a dying, dying diminuendo.

We fondly remember your glory days and those rare moments
when you touched us so deeply with your tolerant imminence.
We recall the last occasion your time-ravished head rested
on those massive pillars of ivory before they snapped!
The loss of those magnificent tusks was your final curtain.
With a standing ovation we bid you farewell, old friend,
and unashamedly we mourn your passing
as we applaud, we clap and we cry.

In your innocence you left no lasting signs in your wake.
Your brushstroke on the canvas of time was compassionate.
May we humans gain that sympathy from your vast shy heart
so that our passing too will leave only the kind mark
of patience and care on this abode we shared.
Let death not be accorded any significance so that we,
as old friends, can expect to continually meet
each other again and again.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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Indeed, Johan, your poem touched me.

when death touches me,
I think
believe
that all life
is timeless.

it starts
proceeds
and lives,
dances,
as a thought
from God.

if
I
in my shadow
and mortal frame
can love so deeply

how much more
can my Creator?

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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A monument is gone.

I never saw hhim by myself, but after all the stories i read about him, it is, like a friend is gone.

Farewell Duke :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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RIP Duke, a beautiful animal, a gentle giant. Always in Kruger's heart. :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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,,Duke,, old and wise. It was privileged to know him and to film him.



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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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Thanks Nico

Beautiful tribute to a magnificent animal :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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wow Nico.... what a privilege :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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Thanks Nico for that beautiful video clip of a special elephant.

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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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Great video Nico.

We met up with the Big Fella on the S28 in 2005.


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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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Hi Hawk, beautiful footage and I will remember him with his two big tusks. DUKE in his glory time.


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 Post subject: Re: Duke
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A very sad day indeed :(

RIP Gentle Giant!!!!


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