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Gift for All

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The miracles of creation
are not honored by us. Unbelievers,
we lord it over our domestic servants,
cat, dog, horse with the brass
knuckles of authority, an arrogance
swollen by the servility
of its captives. Given time
we will mark for destruction
the polar bear, the whale, seals,
eagles, provide a hemlock cup
for rabbits and mice and coyotes,
breathe with a deadly breath on
the little household dwellers,
spiders, ants, moths, all beloved of God
since He made them... then . . . then . . .
we nations can send lethal toys
to each other.

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The miracles of creation
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Skylark (1981).
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