Tuesday, 20 of February of 2018

Walt Franklin – Requiem

Old Silverback, guarding the rear,
is first to catch a poacher’s bullet.
Mountain gorillas, shaken, flee
their foraging ground in Uganda’s
rainforest. Thunder waves against
the upslope clouds as one by one
the family falls, the mother dropping
with an infant clinging tight until
it’s ripped away in desire for the
live sale, for the paperweight cast
from a gorilla’s hand… 100 remain–
feeding, playing, mating, dying in
a species’ red extermination, severed
from its source in man’s prehistory,
from frontiers plundered by hands with
the opposable thumb, the cool resolve.

Walt Franklin
September 22 1989 Earth First!

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