Unpayable cost

INSPIRED BY ALAN DEAN FOSTER's awesome work CACHALOT
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Humans were born hunters
And over the centuries
Their genius for slaughter
Meant that nothing was safe
For men were hungry
And able

The toll of the death
Taken upon the whales
Was obscene
The numbers killed
Could not be counted
Ocean waters were a tide
Turned red

After time, it was knowable
That the pods of whales
Were led intelligently
But humans kill and eat anything
Added in insult
They'd waste the carcass
If the catch was over great

The ocean races were bled
Like some market 
An ingenious talent
Humans could kill
With very little regret
Until humans stopped to learn
And education made men pause
There was a lull in the slaughter

When humans were in debate
Somehow
They'd achieved a sort of enlightenment
Feeling guilt for their near complete
Genocide of a species
And then learned, they'd done so
Of beings as bright as themselves

There was a ban, and numbers grew
But slowly, so very slowly
Until the ability to send the remnant
To a planet, free of the hunt
Was found

And upon this planet
Named Cachalot
A whale governed world was born
With the children generations
Of the survivors
And only invited men
Were allowed
As a nation
Of creatures
Free from further predation







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