Cowboys & Injuns. A Poem by Robin Ouzman Hislop


return the pastureland to nature


we ask too much of the cow

given the little we give back

let the predator the herbivore the pollinator


let the buffalo roam

O detritus spreader – but no

let the cow provide

the anthropocene is not only importuning

it is invading

there could be in the world

a discourse worldwide

but who speaks first

why does a plant become a tree

the forest is an orchestration

an instrumentation

not a tool

our hunger is as the hunger of the polar bear’s

eating us


more than a threat to an endangered species

we were that

that made you what you are

on a shoal of whales


Robin Ouzman Hislop is Editor of Poetry Life and Times ; at his publications include
All the Babble of the Souk , Cartoon Molecules and Next Arrivals, collected poems, & Moon selected Audio Textual Poems available at as well as translation of Guadalupe Grande´s La llave de niebla, as Key of Mist and the recently published Tesserae , a translation of Carmen Crespo´s Teselas.
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