Why this?

The occasional poem of my own and a generous helping of work by others that I find inspiring. Site is named for a beloved book by one of my favorite writers, Italo Calvino, whose fanciful work lights--and delights--my soul.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Regarding Badger [for rr]

I have seen the badger,
and I approve. Its body
argues for badgerness. The
rhetoric is fierce, furry, low,
leveraged, and necessary.

I prefer not to point to tall
buildings and small computers
and say Look at what we've done!
I am, however, in favor
of sewer systems, electric light,
and medicine. Have we

done right by the badger?
That's a measure of civilization,
too: a judgment to limit ourselves,
to leave badger and woods
alone enough and well.

--Hans Ostrom

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