The beast will crawl this earth
Then fall in the dirt to feed the crows
They'll rip apart his flesh
Til all that's left is glorious bone
Frank is illustrating the impermanent and brief nature of existence. Beasts representing all the animals on Earth, including man!
Frank paints a pretty depressing picture of human existence, one that seems to resonate with the famous words of Thomas Hobbes when describing life in the ‘State of Nature’, a life which is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” The ‘beast’ (ie, us) spends its life in submission and being oppressed — crawling — and is granted no reprieve, not even in death, as he is ripped apart by the vultures once he has fallen.
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