Friday, April 23, 2010

the perpetuation of sorrow

The Perpetuation of Sorrow

When we fragment forests
we create an excellent habitat for the cowbird

whose females shove the eggs out from songbird nests

and substitute their own
for those full-time mothers to hatch.

A spiral for which I am sorry.
I couldn't help myself.

-Kimiko Hahn

From the beautiful new book Toxic Flora.

Also read William Stevens's New York Times article "The Forest Primeval Isn't What It Used to Be"

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