POEMS ABOUT ANIMALS: “A hunter’s poem” By Lemuel T. Ward

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A Hunter’s Poem

A Hunter’s Poem
By Lemuel T. Ward

A hunter shot at a flock of geese
That flew within his reach.
Two were stopped in their rapid flight
And fell on the sandy beach.

The male bird lay at the water’s edge
And just before he died
He faintly called to his wounded mate
And she dragged herself to his side.

She bent her head and crooned to him
In a way distressed and wild
Caressing her one and only mate
As a mother would a child.

Then covering him with her broken wing
And gasping with failing breath
She laid her head against his breast
A feeble honk . . . then death.

This story is true though crudely told,
I was the man in this case.
I stood knee deep in snow and cold
And the hot tears burned my face.

I buried the birds in the sand where they lay
Wrapped in my hunting coat
And I threw my gun and belt in the bay
When I crossed in the open boat.

Hunters will call me a right poor sport
And scoff at the thing I did.
But that day something broke in my heart
And shoot again? God forbid!

 

By Lemuel T. Ward
An Animal Rights Poem from All-Creatures.org

Posted with permission from: www.all-creatures.org.

 

9 Comments Add yours

  1. PK says:

    A beautiful poem! Touches your heart! This hunter realized his folly but many hunters don’t!

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    1. Thank you so much P.K for your comment. It’s true, we can only hope that their time will come one day to change their hearts… 🙂 ❤

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  2. Anita Bowden says:

    A similar thing happened to my father many years ago. He was a hunter when he was younger (growing up in Texas and New Mexico), and one day he was hunting and while aiming at an animal, he realized how beautiful it was, and from that point on, he could no longer hunt or kill animals. For the rest of his life, he did all he could to learn about animals, and had developed a deep love for them. Nature spoke to him, and it changed his life. ❤ Many years later, while I was working in a bookstore, a man walked up to me and shared a very similar story about giving up hunting after looking into the eyes of a deer he intended to kill, and realizing how beautiful it was. He said he could never hunt again! I don't know why both men felt compelled to share this similar story with me, but these two incidences tell me that there is tremendous love being shared between nature and humans, and indicating that an expansion of consciousness has been occurring, perhaps one person at a time. Thank you, dear Amira, for sharing this story yet again! ❤

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    1. Oh wow! What an amazing story, as you said so similar in both cases, and changing one person at a time… That intense moment of awe at the beauty and innocence of an animal can touch so deeply our hearts and change us forever! How powerful! It’s even more powerful coming from a hunter that has a change of heart and never hunts again. Like in the case of your dad, he completely changed and went on to study and learn all about animals developing a deep love for them. These stories are so inspirational and bring us so much hope! Thank you so much for sharing them Anita! ❤ Much love! ❤ ❤

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  3. Amazing story and why shoot these lovely birds and animals for our pleasure and then we eat them and take utmost pleasure in eating their meat. Beautiful post dear Amira and what an awesome picture.

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    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal for your comment! Yes, and some people just hunt for the thrill of killing, for trophies… Let us hope that each day one more person stops and changes, and becomes aware of the blessing animals are! ❤

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      1. Yes I hope so that God gives these people sometimes sense and not kill innocent animals and birds. You are always welcome dear Amira ♥️♥️♥️♥️

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