Praise the shit-eaters,
the revelers in rot,
the chewers of soft wood,
the gorgers of old meat.
Laud the scarab, the fruit fly,
the termite, even the maggot,
reusers and recyclers,
free of revulsion.
Value the vulture, the coyote,
the connoisseurs of carrion,
removers of road kill,
ignorant of arrogance.
Bow to the denizens of destruction,
the jaws and guts of our Earth,
rejoice in their magnificent
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