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The Sportsmans Shame

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LindsayP
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         THE SPORTSMANíS SHAME

In this great land of Australia
I have often heard sportsmen boast,
Of how many game they have shot in a day
And then theyíll drink up a toast.

ďHereís to good shooting theyíll say,
And may the game run in numbers untold,Ē
But if sportsmen indiscriminately shoot,
You know what the future will hold.

But I know there are still a few sportsmen
Who only shoot what they must,
These are not the ones that Iím knocking
But those who kill only for lust.

Itís been said, and I know itís been often,
When a roo has been wounded and fled,
ďDon't worry Jack, they'll be plenty more,
And tomorrow itíll probably be dead.Ē

But have you ever thought of a roo lying there
In agony till itís very last breath,
Itís left there alone, to bleed and to groan,
Untill at last it is claimed by death.

Have you ever thought of a little grey quail
When she rises from her brood in alarm,
Then a burst of hot lead, and that little birds dead,
And you know, sheís never done us any harm.

Or have you ever thought of a wounded duck,
All riddled with pellets in vain,
Hiding away in an acre of reeds
Until at last death eases the pain.

Or have you ever thought of the elusive snipe
That flies in from a land over the sea,
After a flight of some five thousand mile,
Itís a symbol of all that is free.

Then some great sportsman with a licence to kill
Spells death with a blast from his gun,
Sure heís a great shot and a sportsman too,
But can he be proud of what he has done?

If this verse should save just one single roo,
A duck, or some little bird,
For remember theyíve a mate and a family too,
Then Iím glad my poemís been heard.

Lindsay P Wilson
I am going into respite accomadation for three weeks on Wendsday, so hope to read your poems again when I come home again.

© Copyright 2008 Lindsay P Wilson - All Rights Reserved
Robert E. Jordan
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1 posted 04-27-2008 10:32 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

LindsayP,

I agree with you 100%.  I'm a fisherman, and I eat everything I catch.

See you when you get home again.  I'll be looking for your stuff.

Bobby
Marchmadness
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2 posted 04-27-2008 10:41 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Oh Lindsay, I could barely read this. I can't stand the killing of animals just for sport. I am glad there are people like you to speak against it.
Hope you have a nice trip.
                                   Ida
                                
LindsayP
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3 posted 04-27-2008 10:45 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


Thanks so much Bobby for your kind response

If everyone only took what they need there would be enough for everyone but i'm afraid

greed plays it's evil role and our fisheries
and wildlife pay the penalty. Thanks again.

Lindsay
LindsayP
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4 posted 04-27-2008 10:51 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


Ida my dear I don't like to see animals

killed either, but as a teenager I was a mad keen hunter, but when I got to my early

thirty's I changed completely, and since then I couldn't even shoot a rabbit.

LindsayP
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5 posted 04-27-2008 10:53 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LindsayP


Thanks so much and a big warm hug

Lindsay
Earth Angel
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My father used to take me hunting with him in the wilds of Northern Ontario, Canada where I grew up. I enjoyed being out with my Dad, but I abhorred his shooting of animals and birds to put on our family dinner table. I could not eat anything that I had seen alive. In fact, I still cannot pick out a live lobster or fish in a market or a restaurant, and then eat it.

Hunting for food is one thing, but the senseless killing of animals for sport, I find abhorrent.

Another great write from you, my friend from the Land Down Under!

Thank you for letting us know about your 3-week respite. We'll be thinking of you ~ and missing you!

Love to you and a big healing hug,
Linda



r v wooo
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i have compassion for the living things around us and i believe compassion should be a part of every hunters belief system. i have never hunted to inflict pain or suffering but have supported the hunting belief as a means of controlling the wildlife populations and as a means of controlling overpopulation and starvation among the herds in my hunting area. i support the the conservation strategies put forth by the conservation agency in my hunting district...enjoyed your poem, compassion and wisdom.
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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8 posted 04-28-2008 03:42 AM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

Lindsay... a beautiful poem from you .. I wish you well and will see you here in 3 weeks ok!   much love to you my dear friend... love RDB

Be kind at heart....for everyone you meet has their own battle to fight.........

Artic Wind
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9 posted 04-28-2008 07:43 AM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

Hi Lindsay!- Same thing here,I dont like the thought to kill a poor animal just for a sport. It is already bad that we have too for our different meats!..

Still I think that people playing that as for fun is wrong to me, but maybe not to others

I enjoyed your write Lindsay...



ARCTIC WIND
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10 posted 04-28-2008 09:13 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Lindsay~
I am with you on this one for sure~

Hunting to put food on the table is one thing,
shooting to put trophies on the wall is another~

I do a lot of catch and release in my fishing ventures ... and keep only those I wish to consume~

I find that I'd rather 'shoot' with the camera lens than with any other tool~

Be well, my friend ... see you when you return~

*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

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Paul Wilson
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11 posted 04-28-2008 10:17 AM       View Profile for Paul Wilson   Email Paul Wilson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paul Wilson

Lindsay...Great poem. I know what you mean about killing just for the hell of it and killing for food.
A few years back I wrote one simular to yours. Thanks for sharing...Paul

~~To share my poems with you is to share my heart with you~~
Paul

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12 posted 04-28-2008 10:28 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

Lindsay,

This is really good - and I can only read part of it right now.  I'll finish it in pieces, but it is ripping my heart out.  I have lived all my life in a state that is big on hunting for subsistence - I have always detested sport and trophy hunting.  Just as I also hate trapping for furs for beauty. It's one thing to get furs for survival clothing ... anyway, thank you.

Alison
LindsayP
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To all my great PIP friends, Linda, Wooo, Roniece, Arctic Wind, Marge, Paul and Alison

Thanks so much for your kind remaks and your understanding of a sad situation. I do

believe that people are becoming more aware of the need for conservation in many ways.

Some states in Australia have banned duck shooting and I dont think it will be long

before it's banned altogether.
Let's hope so. Thanks again and God bless.

Lindsay
Earl Brinkman
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A fine write about an important topic.  Thank you.
 
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