These poetic descriptions were gifted to each of the Woollies by Stefan Helgeson after each of their retreat presentations in February, 2006. They are displayed here as forwarded by Stefan for all to enjoy.
He walks quickly with a sharp stick and an open heart,
Some say he is too Irish
Once, ladened with bricks, he did a stupid thing.
Woolly Mammoth says: I love you and like you.
A deer once barked to Jimmy to look to the sky to find love and desire.
Able to hear the deer speak (how unbelievable),
He set out on a long journey,
Found these and more.
His desire quirks at every sunrise and summer storm,
Seduces quiet trout holes under overhanging willows with bliss.
His love fills vast empty, dry places,
Brings reconciliation, and a morning dew of angle wings.
While feeding and birthing lamas with newly formed calluses
He erupts into creations of beauty and repose.
Multiplying with his curious eye the animalís first wondrous breath
He captures and holds eternal the gifts of the deer for people to remember.
Woolly Mammoth says: Walk beside your horse.
She will whisper secrets only seen near the ground.
Who would guess that such a dichotomy could exist;
Giving soul to the world of how things work,
Making sense of the endless universe of things.
This existence is the eye of the beholder, Tom.
Paths often diverge, or return to cross
At some fabulous pass or quiet river crossing.
Others merge the best of purpose and passage
Taking travelers, sometimes unknowingly, to their lifeís destination.
Tom is many paths, mostly found accidentally,
But clearly marked now and heading for a magical kingdom
Of cosmic purpose, meaning,
An invaluable treasure map of how the soul works for us all.
Woolly Mammoth says: Accidents are gifts of God.
God has blessed you with the eyes of a Shepard.
Once the drum beats of ancient peoples
Held such a steady rhythm that
A human being was created from its sound.
Meet Scott, man of perfect beat sperm and rhythm!
Tapping what the world has to offer
Through remembering his roots (and good fortune)
He explores new life though connections, an open heart
And a willingness to face the darkness of his soul.
Always alert he moves like a grazing mammal
Seeking to understand related tastes,
Nibbling uncommon occurrences.
Once even successfully betting his nest egg on the prospect of salvation and immortality!
Woolly Mammoth says: Life is meant to step to.
But sperm love most the syncopated rhythm.
Once a lost pigeon landed on a buttress looking for redemption.
Haislet offered it instead wine, poetry and good medicine.
Now each fall millions of pigeons gather to
Fly in endless flocks to known destinations.
His influence was so great on these simple birds of passage,
They have venerated him with coos and cockles,
Announcing to all searching mammals his gifts and skills
While reminding him his hands are most useful when tender.
But Charlie was born a mortal, and despite this reverence
Still must deal with the challenges of life.
He does so remembering to bring these gifts for himself, family and loved ones
To all occasions incomplete without his feathered wisdom.
Woolly Mammoth says: Donít let the birds go to your head.
Drink from your goblet even if it is empty.
Driven out of his fatherís house
Into the world at a young age without tools of a trade,
He has learned how to craft his life of pursuit and purpose
Built on relationships beyond his fatherís wildest imagination.
No fact is not interesting,
No topic not worth inquiry.
If something is unknown it is in danger of being discovered and exposed to the world.
If it is known, it is to be understood in ways that others could never have imagined.
The little mammoths gather eagerly at his graying tusks,
Ask penetrating questions about Greek-kind and why the mantel is melted.
His answers link impossible with probable,
Blessing the little tusks, making them think.
Woolly Mammoth says: Donít underestimate the obvious.
You are here to change the world.
If the land of Cosmos had little farm hamlets with working monks,
Bill would be among them steady and diligent.
In the clear night sky
Stars would make the patterns he imagined.
On earth many Germans would hear the voices of the stars,
Know there was the Divine Order of William watching over them
And take comfort in their far-fetched rational faith.
Families, too (sometimes even Irish) would take holidays
To learn about each other, their loved ones
Secrets of the universe according to William.
Bill would be happy in the star fields sewing seeds of love
Woolly Mammoth says: Find your shadow tonight.
It may be of your own imagination brilliant and profound as the earth below your feet.
Norwegians are remarkable mammals,
Often God-like, profound and ever-lasting.
Odeís life map comes from these mythical creatures
Fused with creativity, love for the world and his mojo.
Not shy, he paints outrageous stages
While brewing a simple cup of coffee,
Turns heads with a profound word or two on some topic,
Canít help but excite even the most dormant woman with his soft eyes.
Completing his fourth blue phase,
He has reinvented himself more times than Picasso.
Others fail where he succeeds; where others succeed he changes the color.
The intensity of his love of life, friends and Elizabeth is global warming.
Woolly Mammoth says: You canít live on mojo alone.
Continue to do what comes first to you deep from the heart.