Thursday, March 24, 2005

Written after Reading about Vachel Lindsay's Love for Animals

I am sorry for killing
All the tiny ants
All the gardener snakes
A few sparrows
(I am most ashamed of this).
I felt the pain when my pellets flew into their tender skin.
A few I say
But those few seem like a million today.
Forgive me, O, god of sparrows

Forgive me, O, god of felines
The torture I gave to one black cat
Inside a cardboard box
Shaken and whirled
Breathless darkness.
Yellow eyes were aflame with fear and hate.

My jealousy was
A kind of madness.

I never hurt a dog.


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