Extinction song

by Deborah Grayson

The holly and the ivy

When they are both full grown

Find themselves in poorer woods

Than their forebears will have known

The humble Scottish crossbill

In highlands far too warm

Sets to the north to seek the cold

But solace finds there none

Now the King Protea

Is withering on the stalk

What will Azania think of us

When their flower grows no more?

Virola sebifera

The giant of Brazil

When our children walk in future woods

Will it tower o’er us still?

Red grouse and ring ouzals

Boyd’s forest dragon

And the checkerspot Bay butterfly

will all soon be gone

The white lemuroid possum

Is gone from its domain

And the Panamanian golden frog

will never spawn again

Published in: on July 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

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