Monsters or Men?

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Tonight as I read to my two youngest sons from C. S. Lewis’s Prince Caspian, one of Lucy’s lines cut to the quick. I had to stop and take a picture of it with my phone, lest I forget it. I’ve read the novel multiple times, but tonight these words rang more true than ever.

I really only intended to post a short poem I wrote about silence in the Japanese form of a tanka while I took another day to finish revising my most recent poem, but both of those pieces can wait. Until then, follow the link to familiarize yourself with the form. For now, consider the weight of Lucy’s words after being saved by Trumpkin the dwarf from being mauled by a wild bear, not a true Narnian, talking bear. I wonder what Lucy, and Lewis himself, would think of these days?

“Wouldn’t it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men started going wild inside, like the animals here, and still looked like men, so that you’d never know which were which?”

from Chapter 9 of Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis

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