No tygers anymore

It was afterwards
we realized that fearful symmetry
was not the burning bright
of stripes on carnivores,
but the echoes dying
from a hunter’s rifle
in forests of the night.

It was afterwards
when the Thylacines been killed
we realized we’d never know
how much like tigers
marsupials can be
in forests of the night.

For Fireblossom a 55 word lament for the Thylacine at toads.

December 20, 2018

13 responses to “No tygers anymore

  1. There is a verse I remember from The Bible, something like, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” But they know, and they just don’t care.

  2. Sadly I believe the settlers never considered the future in those days merely concentrating on the present. Carnivores were not welcomed by sheep and other stock farmers.

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