Nothing to Fear

We are taught there is something to be feared

in the beast which loses fear, which wanders

daylight and asphalt, even under baking skies.

 

If man has not tamed it, such fearlessness

is unbecoming, untrustworthy, like a savage

braving bramble paths and frosted fields

 

to bring some piece of its home

into new worlds. Without question,

 

we are told this evolution should know death,

a brand by bullet to mark the boundaries

of civilization and the Wild

 

ostensibly to protect us from the wildfires

of evolution. In truth, to burn in a pit

the wanderlust which eats away our insides.

(A response to news of a coming move against the Endangered Species Act: http://theslot.jezebel.com/republicans-are-coming-for-the-endangered-animals-1791331284)

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