God Gave Unto The Animals

God gave unto the Animals

A wisdom past our power to see:

Each knows innately how to live,

Which we must learn laboriously.

The Creatures need no lesson books,

For God instructs their Minds and Souls:

The sunlight hums to every Bee,

The moist clay whispers to the Mole.

And each one seeks its meat from God,

And each enjoys the Earth’s sweet fare;

But none does sell and none does buy,

And none does foul its proper lair.

The Serpent is an arrow bright

That feels the Earth’s vibrations fine

Run through its armoured shining flesh,

And all along its twining spine.

Oh, would I were, like Serpent’s wise –

To sense the wholeness of the Whole,

Not only with a thinking Brain,

But with a swift and ardent Soul.

from The God's Gardeners Oral Hymnbook from Margaret Atwoods' Year of the Flood