Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Horse Nation

We need another and a wiser
 and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals…

We patronize them for their incompleteness, 
for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves.

 And therein we err and err greatly.
 For the animal shall not be measured by man. 

In a world older and more complete than ours, 
they move finished and complete,
 gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, 
living by voices we shall never hear.

 They are not brethren; they are not underlings; 
they are other nations,
 caught with ourselves in the net of life and time,
 fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.

Henry Beston 1888-1968

(Art by Marcia Baldwin)

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