It is indeed an honour to relate that the legendary conservationist Ian Player, who set up Operation Rhino to save the White Rhino from extinction many years ago, and Andrew Muir, CEO of the Wilderness Foundation, have also written a short Foreword for the anthology. Here it is:

“What we need in the world today is to hear within us

the sounds of the earth crying” (Taken from a Zen Poem)

 Man’s connection with the earth is a mystifying confusion of physical, chemical and spiritual beauty. The depth and complexity of nature’s secrets has scarcely begun to be understood by the overwhelming tide of human beings. To be able to appreciate and take care of the abundance of life on our planet has always been a challenge.

Life has always been a mystery that many of us scarcely take the time to consider. The poets bring glimpses of  a reality beyond our known senses and the beauty of their words linger for centuries, be it Virgil, Wordsworth or Rupert Brooke. As we fail to understand the depth of the natural world, we place ourselves at risk.

The poets who have contributed to this book forcibly bring to mind the terrible plight of the rhino in the modern world. We applaud their efforts.

Rhino have a particularly plaintive cry, which once heard is never forgotten. The screams of agony from rhino that have had their horns chopped off while still alive should reach out into the hearts of all of us. We believe that it is only through a GLOBAL campaign and POLITICAL will that we can save this remnant of the dinosaur age – the rhino.

The heritage of a species, the rhino, and the environment we share with it, symbolises so much of what the Wilderness Foundation is driven to take care of. It is our hope that what lies within this anthology will reveal enough to inspire everyone to respond to the “sounds of the earth crying”

Ian Player and Andrew Muir

Wilderness Foundation

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