Linda Studley

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Becoming Human

The desire to delineate our territory
is a basic urge.
From the craving to carve a cave
into a safe haven
to the ensuing need to paint on walls
to proclaim  all our deeds and
affirm our existence to the world.
And so, when it comes time to share
the cave with those we care to save
from the wolves we struggle with
the old imperatives, temper the
declaratives with the wisdom of
time spent risking co-existence
and becoming human.




Craving, need, compulsion, impulse

Human Nature

We either imitate nature or
insulate ourselves from her.
We live in warm caves with potted plants
and wood panelling on the walls.
We fence our yards to keep out wild animals
and share our homes with the descendants of
wolves and lions.
All of us nicely domesticated.
We tell our children stories of clever mice
who wear clothes and can speak
and then we bait the mouse traps.
You can take the human out of nature but
you can’t take nature out of the human.


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