Do Animals Suffer, Revenge Factory, Physical Description In Novels, Etc

6 POEMS

-saiom shriver-

DO ANIMALS SUFFER

If animals suffer, they
must have souls.

*
Footnote:
Jeremy Bentham: The question
is not can animals speak, but
can they suffer.

There are also millions of
websites, countless books
and studies about the
sentience, the feelings,
of plants.

REVENGE FACTORY

Violence is a revenge
factory, multiplying
hatred and driving
it underground.
    
NABOKOV’S QUILTY

As Navokov’s Clare Quilty
was a pedophile who was guilty
of attempting
to kill souls in the process
of worship of unripe bodies,
so do many lepidopterists
kidnap and kill butterflies
in order to impale their
iridescent dead bodies.

FLOATING CONSTELLATION

The river floats downstream
a constellation of
rippling sunstars.

SIDEWALK CRACKS

His neighbor thought
him crazy, watching
him water thirsty
sidewalk crack weeds.

 

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION IN NOVELS

It seems likely that
there are no descriptions
of Jesus written by the
four evangelists.
His disciples were not
concerned with the standards
of the world.

Many works of fiction
(novels, romance, mystery,
thrillers) kill trees with excessive
description of external
appearance and boring
detail about dress.

Perhaps someone might
write instead “fill in your favorite
form of hero or heroine here”.

*
Footnote:
Isaiah 53: 2
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant,
and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness;
and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

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