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COMMUNICATION: Media, Arts, & Society | October 6, 2003


IT'S ODD

YOU SHOULD MENTION

AN ODYSSEY...

A Posting to New York Arts Magazine On-Line Forum,

In Response to Odyssey Of A Cockroch

Copyright 2003 Yoko Ono

Most successful of all

   the world's many creatures

Are insects and humans,

   distinct in most features.

 

The insects succeed

   by raw instinct, primeval;

We humans, by intellect,

   knowing good, knowing evil.

 

For insects, genetics

   dictate what will be;

For humans, our will

   will set each and all free.

 

For insects, the body's

   the sum-total whole;

For humans, there's also

   the conscience, the soul.

 

Power in insects,

   from muscles and jaws;

Power in humans,

   from rights and from laws.

 

For insects, there's strength

   in sheer numbers, diversity;

For humans, variety's

   often seen as perversity.

 

Moreover, there remains

   in the greatest and least

Of all Homo sapiens

   a wild, untamed beast.

 

Survival by nature

   is typically cruel,

Often at odds with

   our professed Golden Rule.

 

Too often is uttered

   "I, me, mine, and my" --

Too much of just "How?"

   and not enough "Why?"

 

Abusing the weak,

   lusting blood shed vermilion,

Too often our hearts

   have devolved to reptilian.

 

To be truly human,

   not merely a bug,

We must love one another;

   two helped with one hug.

 

But whether we're human,

   or a six-legged being,  

Reality's real;

   it is ours for the seeing.

 

So let us enjoy

   our bug's-eye-view odyssey,

And see all the oddities

   here that we oughta see.

 

 

"Bug" Doug Drenkow

Writer, Scientist, Artist,

All-Too-Human Being

 

www.DouglasDrenkow.com

 

 

May I recommend some other of my poetry?

On the menu you will find...

 

http://home.earthlink.net/~progressivethinking/media/medi25.htm

http://home.earthlink.net/~progressivethinking/rights/righ15.htm

http://home.earthlink.net/~progressivethinking/strategy/stra13.htm

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