Miscellaneous poems

Homo Sapiens

Man: Bemedaled circus master
of creation.

Landlord to the tenant beasts
who chase their tails
around the sawdust circle.

Prima donna,
star performer
and provider of good fun.

'It's all a matter of mutual trust,'
the program says.

And when trust fails?
— The stinging whip,
the slaughterhouse,
the gun.

First published in Mushroom.