food chain

AVIAN CONFLICT

 

Tripping over signs and symbols

Politically powerful predator

Ripped apart a mother

Seeking food for the family

Feathers plucked instantly

Lonesome mate cries out

As she is flown

To another family’s nest

But not as a dinner guest

Food chain inexorably cruel…

 

© 2017 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: Feathers for a funeral

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 

Midnight

Back yard

Dogs gleefully hunting

Digging for tree frogs

From the swamp

Suddenly

High pitched screaming

Unidentifiable animal

Expecting the dogs to bark

I see that they silently

Look through

Wire fence spaces

Something is being killed

I want to stop it

I want to save it

But the dogs

Respectfully honor

Both predator and prey

Understanding the circle of life

The food chain

I go into the house without them

Soothing myself with the ukulele

Air conditioner thankfully covering up

The discordant music of death…

 

© 2016 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: FLORIDA BLACK VULTURE OVER MY SWAMP