Category Archive: Nature

Apr 04 2014

“A Greater Fool Than The Atheist”

There’s fools and then, there’s greater fools Like those who went to fancy schools For silly stuff like Kepler’s rules And other science stuff The planetary hows and whys Show God at work—that’s no surprise. You need to back your case with lies? The bible is enough So my aggregator threw a site at me …

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Mar 19 2014

“The Squid’s Embrace…”

Down in the depths Of the salty Atlantic A seaglider measured the signs of the sea– Monotonous work, And it isn’t romantic, At least, I’d be bored if the glider were me Up to the surface And down to the bottom Again and again, that was all that it did No chance for a hickey, …

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Mar 16 2014

That’s not a Tree of Life–THIS is a tree of life.


Neil deGrasse Tyson, on Cosmos, brings up the “Tree of Life” metaphor. I like mine better. Artist: Mike McRae

Dec 10 2013

Nonhuman Rights On Trial

An octopus solves puzzles; A chimpanzee can add An elephant expresses When it’s happy or it’s sad A finch that’s after grub-worms Uses twigs and thorns as tools We thought them foolish animals They showed us we’re the fools A honeybee has language, and A cunning corvid plans— Though different in important ways From those …

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Sep 28 2013

Clearly, I’m Not Burying The Bodies Deeply Enough


Yesterday, vultures. Today, a coyote. My little street is looking more like the wild west every day.

Sep 27 2013

My New Neighbors, The Angels Of Death.


Well… they’ve got wings and they are looking over me, anyway. I discovered this morning that I have new neighbors. I had suspected them earlier, but they keep to themselves. But less than 100 meters from my front door, high in an oak tree, is a family of turkey vultures!           …

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Aug 21 2013

This Time, The Apocalypse Is For The Birds

Predictions of apocalypse Are found in some religions This week, for something different, it’s The end of days… of pigeons In Moscow, birds are dying— Ah, but that is not the worst— The pigeons don’t just die; they’ve been Becoming zombies first! They fall to earth as if possessed, Their muscles strangely weak They’re listless, …

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Jun 19 2013

Does Life Have A Purpose?

What does it mean to be alive? What is life’s purpose, if any? Material stuff that wants, that strives, To turn its one self into many What does it mean to have an urge? What does it mean to struggle? Must we ensure that our gametes merge, Or is it ok just to snuggle? What …

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May 29 2013

Stephen King On God

“You’re missing the sunrises, sunsets, and stars; You’re missing the crops, and the bees.” You’re missing the point, Stephen King, if you think That we’re missing the moments like these The natural world is a beautiful place And I find it a little bit odd That the thing that you see when you look at …

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May 07 2013

Where The Hell Are The Bees?

The forsythia bloomed at the edge of the yard An explosion of yellow and gold; An abundance of nectar—but where were the bees? Disappearing… or so I’ve been told. So, yeah, the first few lawn-mowings of spring used to be a harrowing affair. My yard has a border of forsythia on one side, which used …

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