Jaguar Seen In New Mexico

Children dressed as jaguars dancing directed by choreographer and dancer Lindsay Mayo in Santa Fe, 1998, as I read the intro and poem on the side of the stage!

Introduction

Too many of us & not enough of them
Spotted cats endangered
from poaching
from our slashing & burning.
Recovery of
bald eagle
whooping crane
habitat protection
is supreme.
Too many of us & not enough of them.
Recovery is supreme.
Recovery of the earth and her ills healed.
Man, woman shrinking,
earth staying the same
blossoming into itself is my dream.
Habitat protection
is supreme
bald eagle
whooping crane —
the spotted cats endangered
because of poaching
slashing & burning.
Too many of us & not enough of them.
But man, woman shrinking our absurd population
earth staying the same
blossoming into itself
is supreme.
Oh glorious spotted cats!
Too many of us & not enough of them.

JAGUAR SEEN IN NEW MEXICO

Spot
eye
creep
pounce

float
feet
cat
sleep

ponder
pool
eye
see

rock
balance
act
taut

step
steep
growl
meow

wonder
weak
way
win

dash
leap
jump
bristle

power
gnash
slash
eat!

spot
eye
creep
bounce

slide
float
walk
seek
out

flash
sun
spot
coat

spotted
flash
sun
coat

gone
here
there
where

spot
creep
pounce
out

gone
where
what
when

why
hey
wow
power

Jag-
uar
what
power

Jag-
uar
beau-
ty
dreams
out
this
hour

beau-
ty
beams
out
this
hour
Jag-
uar

beau-
ty
streams
out
this
hour

sun
spot
coat
spotted
flash
coat
fur
gone

out
this
hour
beau-
ty
Jag-
uar
Jag-
uar
Jag-
uar
Jag-
uar

teeth
growl
wow
bite!

larry goodell / placitas, new mexico / 15Dec97

About larry goodell

Poet exploring his viable extensions - publisher, performer, playwright - hand to hand help in creating spaces for poetry to be live in - reading events, recordings, online and tangible publications in the vocal spirit of his New Mexico.
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