Tag Archives: exile

Biodiversity challenge – Yellow-cheeked gibbon

Street sorrow

Never-to-be king of the treetop swingers,
Languishing under a plastic canopy,
Sheltering from the sweltering sun
In this urban jungle.

Yellow-cheeked gibbon by Dao Van Hoang https://www.behance.net/daovanhoang

Yellow-cheeked gibbon by Dao Van Hoang
https://www.behance.net/daovanhoang

Wrenched from the mortal
Maternal embrace of
A mum who fell to earth.
Untimely plucked
From the place of my birth
By lawless long arms.

Chained by the neck to
This concrete throne.
Exiled on main street,
A long way from home,
No escape.

Ape’s inhumanity to ape:
What right do you have to dictate
Another primate’s fate;
To ordain whether I should
Fade away, or brachiate?

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014

Biodiversity challenge – Bastard gumwood

St Helena cliffhanger

Desolate survivor,
Left for dead;
Sad bastard
Hanging by a solitary thread
In less than splendid isolation,
Clinging to a crevice
On your blighted mid-Atlantic microdot,
Last bastion of so much doomed diversity.

Vanishingly rare,
Saddled
With that unappealing
Nom de guerre,
You must be feeling
Utterly alone,
Abandoned, exiled
À la Bonaparte,
Grown apart
From all your tree companions.

Some would say
The gumwood’s had its day;
We should just let the dying bastard
Fade away.
Not without a fight.

Not tonight.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.