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Catholic-Animals
THE ARK

A Publication of
Catholic Concern for Animals

 

Selections From The Ark Number 206 - Summer 2007

Bęte Humaine

Riding through Ruwu swamp, about sunrise,
I saw the world awake; and as the ray
Touched the tall grasses where they sleeping lay,
Lo, the bright air alive with dragonflies:
With brittle wings aquiver, and great eyes
Piloting crimson bodies – slender and gay.
I aimed at one, and struck it, and it lay
Broken and lifeless, with fast-fading dyes …
Then my soul sickened with a sudden pain
And horror, at my own careless cruelty,
That in an idle moment I had slain
A creature whose sweet life is to fly:
Like beasts that prey with tooth and claw …
Nay, they
Must slay to live, but what excuse had I?

Francis Brett Young
1884-1954

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