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#251072 - 03/12/13 02:13 AM treasure find  
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Picked up a used copy of Madeline L'Engle's The Irrational Season Saturday, and it contains this poem:

We need not wait for God
The animals do judge
Of air and sea and grass
Accusing with their eyes
Waiting here en masse
They cry out with their blood
The whale caught in surprise
By oil slick's killing sludge
The cow with poisoned milk
The elephant's muted roar
At radioactive food
The tiger's mangy hide
The silkworm's broken silk
(The animals do judge)
The dead gulls on the shore
Mists of insecticide
Killing all spore and sperm
Eagle and owl have died
Caterpillar and worm
The snakes drag in the mud
Fallen the lion's pride
Butterfly wings are bruised
They cry out with their blood
Cain! Killer! We are blamed
By beast and bird condemned
By fish and fowl accused
We need not wait for God
The animals do judge.

The poem is, of necessity, not "in context"; the entire book is about the sinfulness of man, the need for forgivenness and redemption. But it does express what I, at least, feel often, and what drives me to attempt to be the living image of the Good God Himself, toward those over whom we are assigned responsibility.


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#251094 - 03/12/13 08:25 PM Re: treasure find [Re: jm47]  
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JM, There is comfort from the Good God Himself in the last part of verse Rev 11:18. Earth and animal(man) is soon to be rescued.

Thank you for posting the poem, can you imagine if they could treat us in kind?

Always enjoy your posts.


Man has turned Earth into a hell for animals.
Arthur Schopenhauer
#251099 - 03/13/13 05:03 AM Re: treasure find [Re: jm47]  
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This is true. And the animals themselves do not, in reality, judge, although we certainly would (sometimes DO). They will, as they have for thousands of years, wait for God. "The whole creation groans. . .waiting. . ."
If we , any or all of us, yearned as the beasts, birds, fish, stars, the very stones, do, we (at least I) would behave somewhat differently, perhaps.

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