It’s For the Animals

It’s for the animals
I weep.

Every time I read about another disaster –

this time the massive flooding and landslides
a province away
how a “river bomb” dropped a month of rain
in two days on a landscape
already battered and burned by
last summer’s fires in
a “heat dome” of hell
weather descriptions I’ve never heard before

– yes, I think about people
my kith and kin
stuck in cars between mountains of mud
swept over the edge covered like quick sand
their homes and lives and livelihoods destroyed
light a candle, say a prayer

I think about towns evacuated and flooded
tossed like a child’s play blocks when the earth heaves
decimated by flames stoked to a frenzy by raging winds

I wonder about the already fragile “supply chains”
when the country’s largest seaport is held captive
by a collapsed infrastructure
cross country corridors for truck and train
are broken

I remember this is today, here and now
that yesterday it was someplace else
and tomorrow
there will be a tomorrow –

But it’s when I read about
the thousands of animals drowning
see farmers defying evacuation orders in
attempts to save them
imagine their terror as
water submerges
mud entombs
fires incinerate

that my heart shatters and
I howl.



Author: Katharine Weinmann

attending to the inner life to live and lead with kindness, clarity and wisdom; writing to claim the beauty in her wabi sabi life

4 thoughts on “It’s For the Animals”

  1. It’s heart breaking. The loss of life which occurs during a disaster of any description, is always heart breaking. I feel for the people, but especially I feel for the animals who have no way of dealing with these situations.

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  2. Hi Katharine,

    A friend and I discussed this in a phone call on Thursday, why the suffering of animals hits us so much harder. Of course we feel the human pain and offer prayers and donations because we are not sure how else we can help. We thought maybe it was the helplessness of animals that touches us so – and yet people are feeling this same helplessness. All I know is I am numb and can barely look at the news.

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