Challenging Poetry

Devolution by Magda Palmer Cordingley

Fish, beast and bird of our shrinking world,
your tribal bonds and shared domains  
unwittingly kindle man's jealousy.
Who, rather than learn from your morality,
hunt, breed, experiment on and murder you. 
Then, hoping to capture your strength and spirit,
devour your flesh and wear your skin. Then they,
whose bodies girdle pits of rotting corpses,
raise their voices to glory an invisible god
they socially modify then emulate.

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