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      A Short Sermon on an Obvious Theme

      "There is eternal enmity betwixt the kitties and the birds." -- from a silly poem by Rhett Maddox.
      A scattering of bird claws and of bones,
      Of fuzzy down and feathers --
      Memento mori of a mockingbird's
      Who late in aerobatic glee
      Did wildly shriek
      And beak mid-air
      A juicy wasp,
      But now -- cat-struck --
      Is strewn across my lawn.

      Amidst the fluff and gristle
      lies his head.

      Ants make a highway
      Through his last scream.

      -- Warren F. O'Rourke, 1985