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Primal
by Ronald W. Hull

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This poem spans 12,000 years. The new kids on the block are the Siberian Tiger and the Asian Elephant, evolutionarily adapted to colder climate. Imported invasive species, surviving in the New World.


 

 

 Primal


On the Great Plains under a primal sky,
the mastodon roams, above eagles fly.

A saber tooth tiger growls in wrath,
the dire wolf's crossing his lonely path.

The sky above is filled with birds,
the ground below, filled with herds.

There are bison, antelope, and three-toed horse,
all must come to teeming waters, in thirst.

None is slower than the mighty sloth,
lumbering along in its own chosen cloth.

The saber tooth waits silently in the brush,
to bring down a kill with one swift rush.

The long teeth pierce prey by the neck,
the elk's legs crumble, it falls in a wreck.

Food for the tiger, the coyote, the worms,
fighting off vultures, ravens, and terns.

For the sea is not so very far away,
making the prairie soil into cliché clay.

Down 10,000 years and the prairie is no more,
three decades of farming have opened a sore.

The sky turns black as the storm approaches,
the dustbowl leaves nothing, not even for roaches.

Decades later, the soil is renewed and restored,
aquifer water opens the cornucopia's gourd.

Too much energy used, and the water runs out.
Drought returns and the pests have a rout.

When all is lost and everything is in doubt,
the primal returns and figures it out.

All they had to do was turn the prairie to fallow,
the Great Plains' return was easy to swallow.

The circle of life was once more sustained,
after any long drought, it always rained.

Tiger once again roam the prairie's plenty,
For all those that follow, seeking its bounty.

Copyright 2012 © Ronald W. Hull

4/12/12

 

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Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 5/4/2012
Simply amazing, well done Ron, a history lesson in a poem.
Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader) 5/1/2012
You have well captured the food chain and survival of the fittest in any and all situations...You appear well read in so many areas.
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 4/26/2012
Very nicely written. Life is a circle.
hug
Kathy
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 4/19/2012
I feel reverence and love in these lines. It speaks of an understanding that you appear to convey amply: the balance. I like your choice of describing the sloth "...in its own chosen cloth." And words depicting human violation: ""three decades of farming have opened a sore." Respectfully written and respectfully read. ~~ Diana.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 4/18/2012
You are masterful at writing about the natural world!
This is thrilling to read!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/18/2012
Thank you for sharing this "primal" point of vista, Ron. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/18/2012
You can be sure the roaches will survive. If they can get through the next 20 years so too will the wolves and cats. Patrick
Reviewed by Jon Willey 4/17/2012
Ron, poignant and written with just right rhyme and meter - would make a marvelous work as lead in to a History Channel or Discovery Channel documentary -- this goes into my library - I wish you love and peace my dear friend - Jon Michael
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 4/16/2012
Awesome! Loved the way this unfolded! Great rhythmic flow to your great phrasing!

Anna
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/16/2012
Love this, Ron. Felt like I was watching time-lapse photography or reconstructs! I've never seen the Discovery Channel, but I feel like you've given me one! Thanks for passing this evolution right before my very eyes... so what's next?! :)) xx
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 4/16/2012
Odd how nature seems to always reclaim what either man or climate change leaves desolate. What a wonderful work you have written here, Ron...this is an exceptional piece.
Reviewed by jude forese 4/16/2012
when i was a kid i had an obsession with Jurassic and Pleistocene periods ... i wanted to become an archeologist ... i like how you dug into the primal poetic ...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/16/2012
12,000 years and Nature reigned Supreme. And now, within the course of a few hundred years, we seem hell-bent on mucking it all up.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 4/15/2012
Strong and vivid images of nature and its ability to overcome. Beautifully done! ~Elizabeth
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 4/15/2012
very nicely penned
Reviewed by Richard King 4/15/2012
Much truth here... Nicely done. Much enjoyed. Dick
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 4/14/2012
Earth will always take care of itself. She'll shake us off like a bunch of fleas if we go too far. ....and she's shakin'!!! Great poem!!! Bravo!!!!
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 4/14/2012
RON ... NO MATTER WHAT 'FOOT-PRINTS' MAN LEAVES,

NATURE HAS THE ABILITY TO COVER, OR ERASE THEM ...

ONLY A QUESTION OF TIME! EVER NOTICE THE ASPHALT, OR CONCRETE, WHEN STOPPED AT A TRAFFIC LIGHT? OR STORM DRAINS? GRASS, AND/OR WEEDS GROWING. SEED - WATER - SUN ... GERMINATION - ANYWHERE, EVERYWHERE, EVEN IN SMALLEST CRACKS ... ALSO, SOUND BARRIER WALLS, COVERED IN IVY ...
NATURE'S 'GREEN' COVERING MAN'S 'GREY' ...

"... LIFE RETURNS ... IT'S MORNING!"
Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/14/2012
all was going well till we came along
and screwed with natural happiness;
yes, it was tough but survived;
i like the choice of couplets, keeps
a strong thread going.
Good one, Ron,

john
Reviewed by Ed J. 4/14/2012
Very well composed and visual. I enjoyed this and the timeless message. Thank you
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 4/14/2012
Ron,
a great visit to the nature of the past with a look to the present. Thanks again for sharing.
Budd
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 4/14/2012
The circle of life once more sustained.
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 4/14/2012
*Ron* Primal turnaround good for man
and beast applying basic instincts!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 4/14/2012
well done, nature does have a way of working out :)
Reviewed by Laura Fall 4/14/2012
Truly fascinating poetry as always Ron ,well done indeed Laura
Reviewed by John Coppolella 4/14/2012
Social order sort cessationing,
Rise and fall and rise no more,
Seems we never understood that,
That when we opened that door.

So many things to consider here Ronald, an eco-niche in poetic panties.

Flowers and lace,
Full of disgrace,
We fall by the ways,
By whatever you sez.

Starman
Reviewed by Odin Roark 4/14/2012
If only the human race could learn this lesson and apply it, perhaps "...When all is lost and everything is in doubt,
the primal returns and figures it out." Of course, try to tell the 1% that their part of the primal, eh?
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 4/14/2012
Took us on a evolutionary ride with this one, Ron. I liked the mirror effect as the earth replenished itself time and time again.



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