Friday, April 24, 2015

NaPoWriMo - day twenty four

a nature poem

this was supposed to be
a nature poem

i had good intentions
of celebrating this earth

having lived in the mountains
majestic off the back porch

i wanted to rejoice in its fecundity
its embarrassment of riches

glacial pool, cavern, fold and thrust,

black-footed ferret, swift fox, grizzly bear,

greater sage-grouse, whooping crane,
mountain plover

boreal felt lichen, prairie fringed orchid,
townsendia daisy

instead, i think of stewardship
of how much we lose

even when we discover
new species, or entire ecosystems

i think of the northern white rhino
surrounded by men with guns

saddened, even shamed
the recognition of failure

the question of why
we didn’t stand guard earlier

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