Imagine

 

I heard the song last night

And now read the story in the morning:

 

Forty percent of vertebrates gone

From planet Earth,

Sixty-six (the number of books

In the Protestant Bible) by

The middle of our new century

 

Why do these die?

In part, because they do

 

And in part because we kill them

 

There are two ways to feel convicted,

Each way requiring a life

 

Will we let our world live?  Will

We let our charges thrive

Or maybe better yet

Simply leave them be?

 

We have pushed living

Over the cusp of extinction

 

Pulling back destructive practices

Under the edge again

 

Might hurt

 

But it’s pain we’ve earned,

The cost of killing kingdoms

And the genus

 

Try feeding creature kinds

More like kindred we respect;

Tend if only for a while

 

Then we might inspire

Conclusions for a future

Place

And process

 

C L Couch

 

“Imagine a world without animals. You’ll soon see how much we need them”

Jules Howard

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/31/world-without-animals-pollinating-crops?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+morning+briefing+2016&utm_term=197334&subid=16706344&CMP=ema_a-morning-briefing_b-morning-briefing_c-US_d-1

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