"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." – G. K. Chesterton

THE DONKEY

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born;

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

I have an avatar. It’s a donkley. I took this picture while riding my bike in Rappahannock County.  I passed a farm where three donkeys were grazing in a pen and they were so cute that I had to take some pictures.  The avatar is one of them.

You’re probably wondering why I chose a donkey.  Isn’t that a somewhat unusual avatar?  I simply couldn’t bring myself to choose anything else.  Picture of myself?  I’ve found it remarkably difficult to get a good picture of myself.  Movie, TV, or video game character?  I don’t attach myself deeply to anything in pop culture, so that wouldn’t really represent me.  Lolcat?  I don’t find them amusing.

Last night I was sorting through my pictures and I happened upon this shot of a donkey.  I thought to myself, why not?  After all, it’s a statement of my politics and my religion, not to mention my preference for living in a rural area.  Best of all, it ties in nicely with this poem, which is one of Chesterton’s most famous ones.  As he aptly points out, the donkey is a bizarre-looking creature.  It’s not nearly as elegant as a horse, nor as productive as a cow or sheep.  Yet the donkey has played it role in world events even so.

With that said, let me now offer you some more donkey pictures.

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