So perhaps peace, or peacefulness follows horror? As carnivores, if we all slaughtered our own animals for food, & devoured them raw, we might feel more connected to life, to the souls within animals, other people & the planet.
The homeostasis of the predator/prey relationship seems to be a jarring subject for the topic at hand and yet you expose a very basic fact of creation. But it begs the question, shouldn’t it be different with humans? And how is genocide born? Well-expressed, Sabio and I like the deliberate contradiction between the happy Christmas art and the poem itself. I really think Grace’s comment deserves our attention.
This poem is not about nature, of course — Björn asked us to use metaphors. There is a large percent of the world that believe if you leave their faith, you should die. See this Pew Report. They also huge percents of these populations feel adulterers should be stoned. Yet go back to their children and love them like we would our own.
"I hate that ordinary citizen-readers have been made to feel intimidated by poetry, when in fact it can be so much fun, and so lucid, insightful and contemporary. In this I am very much on the Garrison Keillor culture-team. A poem is a conversation or an encounter with a deeply committed, highly entertaining friend."
-- Tony Hoagland (poet)
"A sad literary irony is poets who crave to be understood but don't write as if they do."
-- Sabio Lantz (a non-poet)