Sri Chinmoy wrote a fascinating little compendium on the spiritual meaning of animals which was published by Agni Press in 1973. Today’s poem features the cock.
Cock, my cock, why do you give the death-signal?
“What can I do?
God chose me and made me the instrument
To be man’s death-signal.
How long does one play?
Not forever. I tell the weary man,
‘Go and take rest. My friend death has carefully
prepared his nest for you, only for you.'”
Sri Chinmoy, Animal Kingdom, Agni Press, 1973