A crow devours a dead rat

A pen on paper sketch of a crow with a rat's bitten of leg on its beak.

A crow devours a dead rat.

It’s disgusting,
Thoroughly vomit inducing –
at first.
But the more you look at it,
you get accustomed to it.
Your gag reflexes stop.
You become familiar
with the sharp pecking beak
straining away the carcass’s
once-scuttering limbs,
once-beating heart,
once-breathing mouth.

It’s the way of nature –
it’s the only way –
life consumes death,
death consumes life
and more life consumes more death.
How far from life have we come,
as humans,
to gag
in response to nature’s ways?

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