Big cats and human complexity

The Trailhead

This weekend I spent time at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center near Brazil, Indiana. Most of the cats at the Center are tigers, due in part to the popularity of tiger ownership as a status symbol, as well as the obsession with breeding white tigers. Such breeding inevitably produces many non-white tigers, which then require sanctuary.

White tiger. White tiger.

There really are very few places that one can get so close to big cats; in the wild it’s unwise, and in zoos there always seem to be greater physical barriers, whether through glass or moats or just sheer distance. The EFRC keeps the cats in wooded, fenced habitats. Some of the cats are quite affectionate, and would come up and rub their faces against the fence when our guide called them, just like ordinary kitties.

010Others, though, behaved very much like one would expect wild tigers and lions to behave. I stood…

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Communion

NewPoetry

Adam Sol

I get all these boys poets confused
with their pop culture references
and their snappy wordplay. Also
the brilliant women reinventing language
for ambiguous purposes, them too.
If it weren’t for the bright noise
emanating from the stadium
I might not know my true purpose

but I can hear them chanting – all
of them, the pullets and mercies,
the ruptured uncles and night shift
telemarketers, the date rapists
and drama queens, the valets and vagrants –
all of them raising their magnificent voices
in grand exaltation – shouting DE-FENSE
DEFENSE, my holy, unbroken name.

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Grandt Proposal by Peter Gibbon

Synapse

Writing less now. Drinking more, somehow
publishing a comic book. Sleeping in.

If I told myself 10 years ago
my parents would still be buying my medicine

I wouldn’t be surprised.
I spend a lot of time outside our apartment.
I moth to bars. She follows me.

We married and since my drunk has been mostly
celebratory.

My steroid intake sprung, then tapered
but my rage is steady.
They must be working.

I swear my research
is getting somewhere.

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A Song of Far and Wide

Probable Sonnet (Happy Canada Day?)

Where is Benjen Stark? Where are the missing indigenous women? Did they die? Did blood magic kill Joffrey,  Robb and Balon?  Are pesticides causing bee colony collapses? Or are we talking huge coincidence? Is the High Septon a good guy? Is the new pope? Does it #getbetter? Is Aegon the fourth an imposter? Is Louis C.K. problematic? Do our hopes matter? I know R+L=J, but who knew about Jian?