Thursday, September 1, 2011

these also once under moonlight

A snake
with two small hind-limbs
and pelvic girdle.

Large-headed dinosaurs
hunting in packs like dogs.
Others whose scaly plates
thistle to feathers.

Mammals sleekening, ottering,
back toward the waters.

Ours, too, a transitional species,
chimerical, passing,
what is later, always, called monstrous -
no longer one thing, not yet another.

Fossils greeting fossils,
fearful, hopeful.
Walking, sleeping, waking, wanting to live.

Nuzzling our young wildly, as they did.

~ Jane Hirshfield
from Come, Thief