What is it to be humane?
Being characterized by kindness, mercy, or compassion?
We give ourselves to much credit,
when we leave our mark in a most abominable fashion.
Who is most capable of violence, torture, and pain?
We call showing mercy humane,
when greed powers our world
and sacrificial blood falls heavy like rain.
Ask the trees, earth and stone.
Ask the birds, sky and ozone.
Ask the meat we slide down our throats.
Ask the blood, sweat, and fears of our own
what it is to be humane.
And if human nature be so kind
what creature defines brutality
anymore than we?