grateful for the added
peace in my being,
my life is no longer diminished by the sword
but is replenished by the plowshare...
...The Ox, no longer my prey,..
has become again, as he was in the beginning,
my friend and companion of great strength and innocent trust,..
clearing my field,.. and drafting my plow,..
conditioning my soil,.. as my grand helpmate
in the multiplying, and replenishing the Earth,
...to renew and sustain life,
no longer to be destroyed,..
or by me
at my own hand,
-- or someone else's, for me,
...and Now I know, my friend the Ox, my Earth, My Lord
and All of Heaven is Pleased!
. Thomas Lynn Rodgers, 2 July 92