Sunday, 28 of August of 2016

Gary Lawless – Treat Each Bear


Treat each bear as the last bear.
Each wolf the last, each caribou.
Each track the last track.
Gone spoor, gone scat.
There are no more deertrails,
no more flyways.
Treat each animal as sacred,
each minute our last.
Ghost hooves. Ghost skulls.
Death rattles and
dry bones.
Each bear walking alone
in warm night air.

Gary Lawless
Dec.-Jan. 2001 Earth First!

(Published in Dire Elegies, 59 Poets on
Endangered Speices of North America)

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