Wednesday, 18 of October of 2017

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Michael Adams – Canis Latrans

Hey Warriorpoets,

This was sent to me by Eric Shaffer, another warrior poet. He told me Michael died in September and he’s been reading this poem daily to keep his memory green.

For the Wild, Dennis

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from Broken Hand (1991)

Along the road where it winds
by the river two crows rose
from the remains of a porcupine
That night you catch coyote
framed in the headlights
as he drags the body away

Stop
walk to the edge
pavement gives way
willow cottonwood
& a thrill

Not of fear or pleasure rises
through your feet, your spine
neck hairs stand on end

Screen of brush & river behind
you stare & staring back
two wild yellow eyes

-Michael Adams

To view Michael performing many more of his poems go here.


Jenny McBride – Nature is Dying

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“Nature is dying,” said the doctor.
I already knew
About the huge flocks of birds
There used to be,
He said prothonotaries filling a tree
In the city where he grew up.
One of his friends
Told of Dakota blackbird flocks
Miles long, took hours to pass
“A long time ago.” said the doctor
But he’s less than 80.

But I hadn’t even heard about monarchs
Thick, even coming smack through the city
Sheets of orange butterflies.
“Nature is dying,” said the doctor.
“We’re trying to save her but…
“I’m not sure how good a job we’re doing.”

Even I’ve seen eternal lights go out
And I’m not half his age.
Those who are half my age, teens now
May mark the last phase of the change.
“Nature is dying,” said the doctor.
Nothing I didn’t know
Except that monarchs used to migrate
Right through Chicago
As if it weren’t even there.
We’re trying to save her
But it’s a struggle of attrition.

Jenny McBride
March-April 2001 Earth First!


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