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  Images - Part III
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Sunday, February 05, 2006
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“The just man takes care of the beast,

But the heart of the wicked is merciless.”


The Holy Bible

Proverbs 12:10



Thousands were left behind in Hurricane Katrina

Some were callously tossed off the evacuation bus

Many of them were left stranded on flooded rooftops

And all of this animal cruelty should truly shame all of us


Yet somehow many of them managed to survive on their own

Somehow existing on trash and tossed food scraps in New Orleans

But even if so many of we humans truly do not care if they live or die

Why in God’s name must we always be so viciously savage and mean


These discarded starving left behind pathetic creatures

Are now being savagely hunted down poisoned and shot

Human animals are one of the few species on this entire planet

Who will kill for the hell of it and to whom life doesn’t mean a lot


Are we really beings created in the image of a loving Supreme Being

Are we to believe that we were anointed to be the caretakers of this earth

Or are we simply vile blood-thirsty selfish and extremely callous creatures

Because murdering our earthly neighbors should not fill any of us with mirth


This ‘left behind’ cat managed to survive into the new year on his own

Never once asking any of us to pity him or to take him under our wings

Yet some vicious self-centered human decided to shoot him with an arrow

And I have to wonder what kind of sick pleasure to this person killing brings


This gentle cat was found lying in a gutter in New Orleans in early January

With someone’s bloody arrow protruding through his emaciated furry chest

Despite compassionate emergency surgery sweet little Max recently died

And I find myself contemplating the nobility of mankind with very little zest


While many of us were trying to save them down in New Orleans

Dozens more of these felines were found poisoned with antifreeze

Many dogs that we have found have been viciously shot to death

And this sadly – is just the beginning - of man’s latest killing spree



These days we seem to care very little
About other life forms on our planet
And I sadly mourn our loss of reverence
Since life should never be taken for granted


And it seems I spend my days and nights

Pondering one human cruelty after another

It seems that I can no longer find any peace

Witnessing the sheer savagery of my brothers





©2006, Ed Kostro






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Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 2/6/2006
The saddness in this poem is so deep that you need to read the poem several times over. Thanks Ed.for sharing this offering.
Reviewed by Sara Coslett 2/5/2006
Ed, this is so sad. It seems we are all so busy being humans we have forgotten how to be compassionate animals.

I am a little worried about you though. Please take care of yourself too.

~ Sara
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/5/2006

Humans can be cruel because they are human. Whoever said we're the most intelligent species....we should know better, but fail miserably. A truly shattering write. Please, please don't give up hope; those little furry creatures need more compassionate souls such as yourself.

(((((HUGS)))))) and love, Karla. *tears*
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/5/2006
Who knows what the minds of men can conceive - because we are capable of both the highest and the lowest, Ed. And, I have to say, in a very limited way, I can identify with both frightening extremes within myself, so who knows of what we are capable when push comes to shove. A dreadful admission, and not one I'm proud of, but I cannot judge lest I know for sure that such malevolence is out of sheer spite and not just perceived pressures on survival. I hate to say it, but, coming from farming stock, I know what it is to both nurture animal life and reverence it - at the same time as having designs on it to satisfy one's own ends... the "unsentimental view" if you like. But wanton cruelty is inexcusable. Don't mind me... I'm not too stable myself at the moment... perhaps someone should just knock ME on the head... Sektioned Kate xx
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/5/2006
timely message, sad to know so many humans are so callous, however, know it to be true as each 'throw away' we have taken in makes it to our door
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/5/2006
This is painful to read, Ed, but unfortunately, many humans treat their own children with as little respect. I cannot fathom harming any animal for the sheer pleasure of doing so; it sickens me to my core to know that humans find this cruelty to be acceptable behavior for one heartless justification of another. These animals have been domesticated by us and then turned out because they have become inconvenient, in many cases. Why is it that so many humans don't assume responsibility for their pets, allow them to breed wildly in the streets and then toss the puppies or kittens out to fend for themselves? Did they never hear of neutering??? There are even places that will do it for free!! Here, there is a City Ordinance that prohibits the feeding and caring for, feral animals...Can you F-ing believe that??? I do it anyway, even though I have been warned. Someone needs to take on the responsibility for the care of these homeless pets. New Orleans is this on a grand scale and there will be more babies born soon I am certain. How sad and pathetic is our human race???!!! I force myself to concentrate on those who do good so that I can live in some semblance of peace, but that seems to become increasingly difficult to do with each passing year and each inhumane act I witness.
Take care,
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 2/5/2006
Ed, I can read the anger behind this poem. I don't blame you; we should be angry and as Peter said: han our heads in shame. What kind of sick soul would that to an animal. Incomprehensible!

Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/5/2006
I have to agree with Peter, George, and Andy, while silent tears cause me to ask God to intervene, but He already has and it is we who must do the rest.Sadly we have F--ked up the job big time!

Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/5/2006
A very emotional powerful write. It is amazing how often bad times bring out the worst in humans. Thanks for sharing.
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/5/2006
These killers of animals will one day receive their comeuppance, when before their god they stand to witness their own lives...Ed
Reviewed by Peter Paton 2/5/2006
This Images Series is hitting home hard Ed, and is exposing the sheer savagery and bestiality of 21st Century Man, we should all hang our heads in shame !
This passage does it for me " Are we really beings created in the image of a loving Supreme Being "
Yes we were, but all of us have gone astray like sheep, waiting for the Good Shepherd to come and take us home !
I really am learning from this stark series Ed, and it is inspiring many people to sign your petitions, and actually become proactive in doing something to arrest this human barbarism against God's creatures !
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/5/2006
The curse of abortion will haunt us till eternity. For when we kill our sisters and brothers all life forms are sacrificed with them.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/5/2006
It s awful Ed. But it's not Gods work. We have a free will. And we've deemed it best to muck up the planet He created for us.
And what fantastic work we are doing.
In the hearts of men, man knows what he is doing. But is in denial.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 2/5/2006
Dear Ed, Your series of horrifying cruelty committed by man is needed so badly today, the sad thing is, those who commit these terrible acts will not listen. As you said, perhaps the rest of us can teach them by boycotts, by showing their evil, by speaking out as you have done. Ka alu Ed.

I hear you.

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