Dogs 2010

WILDLIFE'S END
(11/12/10)


I see
them
from time
to time

the nature
programs
on public
television

they like
to highlight
predators
chasing down
their daily
meals

the images
disturbed me
as a child

now I watch
detachedly
studying the scene
in front
of me

I notice
more often
than not
that once
the chase
is concuded
the captured prey
seems to resign itself
to a certain
fate

even though
life
is still
very much
extant

I hope
that when
death
sinks sharpened
claws and teeth
into my backside
dragging me down
to the ground
of mortality
that I can
see it
as simply
the end

struggle
finished
there will be
nothing left
to do
but die