checking my privilege (with a little help from a.r. ammons)

i waded not too deep
          the shark chomped
          the red tide went
a motion of colluding
          orbs
but one event
          no law imposed
six months later
the leg remaining
……….cottonmouth
the swamp
mere chance
nothing determined
           in yellowstone the day
grizzly snatched
my writing arm
………..trophy
of his prey
yet i make no
………..inferences
………,.generalizations
draw no conclusions
i will not prejudice nature’s song
nor suspect the bluejay
that arrives in spring with
………..pterodactylus
except to conclude
………..they include
humbly
me
……………………animalia
……………………chordata
……………………fossil stone
i subsume myself
no crutch of hierarchy or privilege i lean on:
in ever cosmic entropy blends
           my speck
roiling, romping, mixing
a speck cloud
one in many specks
…………mongrelizing
…………churning
…………expanding
…………democracy
including all
blowing all
knowing, feeling, absorbing
all specks
in
    our
         speck
                    of
                         time:
all flora and fauna
one peer dust
           mortally
           equal
           we
i foreswearing all
…………bigotry
…………forms
…………categories
…………prejudices
…………centrisms
closing off nothing
and no speck
in the blessed assurance that
………….tomorrow Ezra
a new crawl is a new crawl.

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