Unnatural Selection

What if there was only one species,

When we’d tossed all the other ones under the bus

To feed us and fuel us

(And all the more fool, us!)

And what if that species weren’t us?

 

The Bible says God had made Adam the boss

Of creatures—the wild and the tame—

And had them march past him in endless parade

So he could give each one a name.

Aardvarks were the first ones in God’s alphabet

And last there were zebras and such,

But somehow God’s plan went awry and first man

Never valued those animals much.

 

Man boss was, but a master who thinks

Of spendings and never of saves,

Sees only what charges and children can give

And reduces them quickly to slaves.

They’re food and they’re fetchers, and carriers, too,

And friends, when convenient, at best,

But all to be used and used up by mankind

Until the last creature goes west.

 

Man’s eaten up dodos and passenger pigeons

And nearly the last buffalo

And is draining the seas of all edible life

From the whales down to spoonfuls of roe.

But when the day comes when he’s swallowed them all

And he stands on a planet bereft

Of all animalia, feathers to fish,

And discovers the cockroach is left,

 

Who wins that last showdown between human and bug?

Who stands at the end to collect

Their final reward for the death of all life,

The human or maybe insect?

It would serve mankind right if the cockroach won out,

And humans resisted in vain—

Leaving roaches alone to be masters of all

And begin God’s creation again.

 

What if there was only one species,

When we’d tossed all the other ones under the bus

To feed us and fuel us

(And all the more fool, us!)

And what if that species weren’t us?

 

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