Thursday, August 18, 2011

       (Last “Lifting of the Meat” Before Lent)
                            by Jim Rapp

Then God said,
"I give you every seed-bearing plant
on the face of the whole earth
 and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.
 They will be yours for food.
 And to all the beasts of the earth
and all the birds of the air
and all the creatures that move on the ground—
everything that has the breath of life in it—
I give every green plant for food."
And it was so. (NIV)

The story of our origins seems to say
we were not always carnivores;
that once, with all our fellow creatures,
we made fruits and vegetables our “daily hay,”

and only lately – in a loosely speaking way –
did we, and many others, toothed and fanged,
choose to flesh our diet out with sarx
‘til then, we’d made the veggie kingdom pay.

There are still gentle creatures with us
not contaminated with our bloody lust;
who thrive, as at the start, on cellulose;
content themselves with “honey and a crust.”

Some walked away, sickened with disgust,
when Jesus offered them, as food, His flesh and blood.
But it had come to this: the carnivore of carnivores
must eat flesh now or die – no choice to make . . . he must.

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