Adam's job description
of all the animals,
but it is said
that one by one
he forgot the names
of all of them,
and one by one
with each forgetting
the forgotten died.
He should have been
the model for us all,
Our failure is not his.
Ours is much the greater.
We have not even seen,
much less forgotten,
nor even given names to
(names we could forget)
multitudes of life forms,
great and small.
We kill them sight unseen,
we burn their habitats
in darkness and in shame,
make life impossible
for those who hold -
it's highly probable -
the gift of life for us.
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I am frankly in awe of the heft, intention ,meaning ,bearing, conception ,execution and balance of this perfect poem, Dave!
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This reminds me of Heathland Fire again. It was not Adam's fault and not because of sin but guilty. So sad...
Humankind definitely is guilty as charged, Dave!
killing them sight unseen is much easier...names make it more personal...the forgetting the names by adam was symbolic of that for me...nice write dave...
Adam without Eve being mentioned? If Eve is not factored in can Adam survive long! But he did! Amazing!
Oh yes. This one packs a punch.
This one really resonates with me---it is our responsibility to share the world, but we don't like sharing.
For some reason I feel that the highest moment of this great poem is in the parenthesis ( names we could forget ) which again for some reason reminds me of Eliot's: "distracted from distraction by distraction..."
The last stanza rings true for me :-)
Wonderful overall drive toward the measured conclusion, for me it's the first and third stanzas that really stand out. I like that the stance in these is slightly more oblique.
powerful statement - I like the comparison to the biblical tale.
Wow! This is the sort of comment one doesn't expect to get, but when you do, it reminds you why you blog! Thanks so much!
Yes, but sadness is turning into tragedy.
Thanks for the feedback.
Good point, that. Thanks.
I wonder how he would have survived without her - or wouldn't he?
Thanks a lot. Glad you think so.
That is a very valid take on the problem, I think. Thank you for making it.
This makes for an interesting critique. Thank you for it.
Thank you for passing that on.
Appreciate this comment very much. Thank you for it.
Thank you very much. Good to know.
Right on, as they say, spot on. Terrible what we are doing, and you capture very well. K.
So I guess that would make Noah the first conservationist. Now if only he'd remembered those damn unicorns.
So true - we don't understand fully what we're destroying.
The truth in this poem is almost painful.
Perhaps it's time we humans realised we aren't the centre of the Universe after all!
Thought provoking and powerfully moving, Dave.
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