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)