on my way to work i saw a camp
that had been attacked by feral pigs
with respect to the animals, police
with no respect for humanity,
tearing at private property,
destroying peoples homes.
at my most empathetic i wonder,
were they asked to be destructive?
or is it just the nature of the beast
rabid, acting with no forethought
needing to be put down. they shot
my neighbors dog for barking too loud.
willie mcnabb writes ”How do I kill
the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard
within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?”
and is mocked online. how do i kill 3 or
5 — oh, 5-0! hydra, millions of cops are born
each war, and live as mercenaries in america.
how do we keep them from happening?
could i kill another human? maybe
but an animal? a thousand animals?
a thousand feral animals? a thousand
feral animals who wield their finite power
over those without protection? poison
could be too humane, often i’m reminded
of hunters who massacred caribou
migrating over ice fields, flying overhead
loosing their automatic rifles into the herd.
how cruel humans are to animals who aren’t
cruel to them, how cruel we should be
to these animals, who aren’t even human, who
wear masks as they gas us, who smile
as if its all a game, and if its all a game,
perhaps the bricks and bullets must be loosed.