Tuesday, March 22, 2005


Ducks, Hawks, and Geese

Dennis Mangan defends himself against the charge that he's fonder of ducks than of his fellow humans, which brings to mind a line from Robinson Jeffer's poem Hurt Hawks:
I'd sooner, except the penalties, kill a man than a hawk.
I can easily imagine circumstances, such as self-defense, in which I'd kill a man. I can't picture myself ever killing a hawk, though.

But as for those Canadian geese which will soon start fouling the footpaths in Minnesota, sometimes I catch myself wishing that their natural predators, like foxes, were more numerous.

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