Saturday, September 15, 2012

Requiem to a Two-Headed Stingray (Manta Ray)

Requiem to a Two-Headed Stingray (Manta Ray)
Dr Abe V Rotor

Manta Ray (Manta birostis) being butchered on a beach in 
San Luis, Batangas circa 1999.  Photos by the author.

It's murder cold as steel, but who would say
     but the magistrate, and the fool?
food for the fisherman and his cohorts,
     their children going to school.

It's murder that got away from many eyes, 
     one day, next  time, 'til there's none
to kill, and lo! to the culprits now robbed
    by none other but what they've done.

And the sea becomes still in emptiness:
    where have the Chondrichthyes gone,
their allies that make the web of living,  
     the children going to school? ~          

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