PERFECT by Ivan Scott

The first turtle emerges from the blue
Takes a breath of flawless air
Lays her eggs in an un-spoilt, pristine beach
Forty babies will emerge and return to Atlantis
Nature is perfect

The forty millionth turtle emerges from the brown
Takes a breath of smog-ridden air
Lays her eggs in an oil polluted, dirty beach
Thirty-nine babies will not emerge, and die
Humans are not, nature is perfect

The first rhinoceros walks the plain
Takes her steps on virgin ground
Meets with the second rhinoceros
Produces a baby in Eden, safely
Nature is perfect

The one millionth rhinoceros walks the not so plain
Takes her steps on polluted ground
Cannot find the next rhinoceros
Shot and killed for a horn of hair
Humans are not, nature is perfect

The first dodo wanders in a tropical wonder
Feeds herself without a care in the world
One egg per year is the norm
A chick emerges to a normal dodo civilization
Nature is perfect

The last dodo walks the island
She welcomes the intruders
They kill and eat her
No more dodos
Humans are not, nature is perfect

The first cheetah emerges on the veld
A beautiful, majestic animal
It kills for food and survival
It is in balance
Nature is perfect

The second-to-last cheetah ever is born
Soon to be killed for its pelt
Humans only care for money
No more cheetahs
Humans are not, nature is perfect

Too many humans
Humans are not, nature is perfect

Ivan Scott – 2011

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One comment on “PERFECT by Ivan Scott
  1. Merle says:

    That is why I love my dog more than humans!!!

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