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[Note:  The following poem is not about the Praying Mantis; it is about the species who manufactured the metal rail that the Mantis is walking across.]




Tends to dominate other species

Some act with great order and understanding while many are indifferent and uncaring

Often fights other imaginary sub-groups of its own kind

Takes far more — in terms of the domain of other species — than its fair share

Overpopulates its own kind over the entire planet

Covers life-areas with dead concrete

Feels intelligent and superior (while it — all along — ruins the planet)

Most do not realize that they are not separate from the world as a whole

Some are very caring, considerate, and compassionate

Mentally feeds on symbols and images rather than reality

Often uses others for profit

Often blindly follows/obeys power-hungry tyrants in high positions

Some fire projectiles from held devices to put holes in  other species or in others of their own kind… rendering them lifeless

Some warmheartedly stay local, recycle, use alternative energy, and actually help nature and others of their own kind

Others hypocritically claim to love nature while they often needlessly fly for long distances in aircraft that spew out deadly fossil fuels in vast quantities

Most foolishly think that their species is separate from other species

Some refrain from harming multitudinous species who highly value their own existence

Some have real empathy while others are mere thinking/reacting machines

Most abandoned life in the trees and woodlands to become the obedient working slaves of others

Only an extremely small number have been visited by that sacred, eternal energy that is beyond the realm of standard causality and rigid boundaries

Many believe in a dominating super-organism who — up above — happens to be a tail-free ape like themselves

Most subscribe to the very primitive notion that the observer is separate from the observed

A small few exist beyond the shared madness




Shadow of Mantis in the World of Man (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017

Shadow of Mantis in the World of Man (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2017





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  1. Do you know Galway Kinnell’s “The Porcupine”?

    “In character he resembles us in seven ways: he alchemizes by moonlight, he shits on the run, he uses his tail for climbing, he chuckles softly to himself when scared, he’s overcrowded if there’s more than one of him per five acres, his eyes have their own inner redness.”


    • It was Googled and read after having read your quote from it. 🙂
      I once lived in Perth, Ontario, Canada, in a very rural area. The people i stayed with had a large dog that would constantly attack and bite wild porcupines, getting a painful barrage of quills in his mouth each and every time. The dog never learned. He kept getting painful quills over time (over and over again). Most people are like that in many ways. They do things habitually and don’t see the real danger.


  2. Great poem and so very descriptive of the human species. Chances are that the Mantis will still be around long after man has destroyed himself..


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