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Holy One, Creating Mystery,
See, at last I turn  to thee,
In despair to see my fellow
Dinosaurs in agony.

        Death has conquered all our nations,
        Overthrown at his command,
        Killing dinosaurs by millions,
        Misery fills every land.

How can you allow this carnage?
Did you not call us to life?
Watch the fascinating drama
Of our living and our strife?

        ...Guide our evolution till we
        Prospered many million years?
        Why would you allow this failure?
        Even memory disappears!

Silent God, come live within us
Even now beneath this sky
Where the final darkness gathers  
Every hour -- we know not why.

Make our deaths a revelation
To all things that live and die:
You are sovereign in creation --
It's no use to question why.

from the forthcoming book Prayers of 100 Animals A to Z, by William Cleary



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