Nature Poems

My Legacy

A thousand generations

have laboured for progress

I am the first

with pesticides in my fat

radioactive strontium and

cesium in my bones

nitrous oxide and

asbestos in my lungs

mirex in my muscles

dioxin in my wine 




I hung a word

on an old pine tree

  they cut down the tree 

I strung my word

on a pine sapling 

they pushed down the sapling 

I placed the word

by a pine seedling 

they plowed down the seedling

I traced my word

on the sun-baked soil

it blew away


Long Live the King

A new road pierces the wilderness

a young bull moose mounts the invader

a truck horn blares

the moose bugles

the truck charges

the moose charges

a King is born


A coal miner’s test

An over-heated “No-stick Treated” pot

emits hot fumes that she assumes will not

be harmful till the vapours kill her lot

of caged canaries



A lake

needs a loon

to laugh with the moon

to be a lake




 I wish i could draw

 a political cartoon

of a noble whale

in a concrete jail

prodded to perform

to lunge from the water

as the audience cheers

a whale trainer

prancing dancing

on the whale’s nose

a bruised nose

my brother’s nose



Wild animals in the stars

wild animals in the clouds

what will we see in them

when the wild ones are gone


A Matter of Taste

A partridge in a pine tree

exquisite to see

a budworm in a pine tree

repugnant to me

a budworm in a partridge

a delicacy


Untitled Couplets

The large fierce animals are dead

the meek inherit earth instead

we say in an arrogant way

that we are much smarter than they

sly nature plays a trick each time one dreams of love as love sublime

for love is nature’s prank we face, her ruse to reproduce each race

a snapping turtle snaps at me

“dioxin saps virility”

follow the trail of the fox

to tell the tale of the fox

Animated Nature Poems

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BUTTERFLY BEAUTIFLY BEAUTIFUL, the first animated poem in this series, was created in 1987 and animated in 2000.  

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