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The Honesty of Nature (Samuel Jones-Bastrop, LA)

"Wow. . ." I said
As I analyzed
The road-kill corpse of an armadillo.
"I could have sworn it was just alive yesterday."
I don't know which I noticed first:
It's smudge or it's smell.
But either way,
It was something that I had to witness.
"Here today, gone tomorrow," death,
Is one of the many messages
That Nature spells out clearly to us
And resolutely refuses to censure.
Nature shows us everything.
I mean, fog doesn't rise
Every time wildthings reproduce
So that their "peepees" and "hoohas" don't show.
And the clouds in the sky don't spell out,
"TV- MA"
As a lion tears a gazelle the fuck apart.
And to think, we are also a product this same Nature.
What makes us so sensitive?


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