Beauty bleeds from the battlefield of the body,
Everyone locked in a personal apocalypse.
One day I went shopping and chopped down a forest.
Do you think it was shellfish to scrape clean the seafloor?
A triple-decker burger’s reward for my efforts:
A thousand cows in every bite.
Before you go pointing the finger at me–
Gods, Guns, and Guts: Let’s Keep All Three
(Thus spoke the bumper sticker on the back of a pickup truck)–
Recall it’s my instinct to extinguish every living thing,
Including myself. I’m only human. How could any
Creature capable of such an utterance
Have anything but low self-esteem?
In a world once teeming with great and proud beasts
And beautiful creatures rendered irrelevant
By technology’s gadgetry, replaced by adorable
And harmless cartoons, the dominating species
That’s run by tycoons and other buffoons,
We computer-animated animals who threaten
Ourselves to become Animatronic
Cannot help behaving in a way that’s moronic,
Much to the sorrow of disappointed friends,
Gorillas and elephants we slay with dismay,
So upset with ourselves for being propelled
By something so trivial as wealth, that we fire off
A barrage of petitions as penance, signed
With a carpal tunnel-inducing series of clicks,
Then feast on a couple of video clips,
Glad we can chuckle or grin like a cat
Who holds his tail high as he strolls
With sinuous menace, proud of himself
For murdering so many birds
And having such a clean coat
That gleams in the sun as he lies down
In the luxury of an afternoon nap
Next to a mouse who will never
Wake up again or move without help.