- Vol. 05
- Chapter 12
Wolves, Higher & Lower
“Here's a house to put wolves out the door”
- REM, Wolves, Lower
Sometimes it’s impossibly hard to know
if we should be looking upwards or down
at an acrobatic act for the ages.
These interlocking partners demonstrate
delicate engineering and balances
honed by years of river flows, rain and trust.
A whole performance, we tell ourselves,
they learned from us, passed on through the howling
of ancestors that cast aside our heated tents.
They’d watched the apes get to grips with two legs
and left to adopt what made useful sense
from their early attempts at showing off.
We catch up with these performers mid-flight,
and will them a safe landing as one peace
of a whole under the fast-moving sky.