Poem: the Advantages of Anthropomorphism
Was reminded of this the other day when listening to an onpointradio show about cats and dogs getting personhood…
It’s a topic I’ve thought about a bit in relation to my book on the sociology and future (or lack thereof) of hunting, which I hope to get back to later in the year…
Not quite the scientific method, though..
The Advantages of Anthropomorphism
Sometimes, if we would examine events
Could think of these things, from another’s
Point of view, and see all sides of situations,
Such things, which are now hard to understand,
Should be much more explicable…
Anthropomorphism is frowned upon, but why
Is the worm crawling across the asphalt?
In the same way that the squirrels have not forgotten
The location of their acorns, for they can afford
To ignore the extras as the winter thaws
And spring buds burst with sap, more appealing,
We could imagine we were the moths, wandering
Between raindrops with no moon, full or not,
To guide them past streetlights in the damp night
To what we know not – well, we all know what.
Will the earthworm drown upon the grass?
Is it trying to escape the rain? No. There is no
Escaping, nor a need, but instead it is taking
Advantage of the damp to strike out from its
Little patch of grass, in search of pastures new,
Be that soil or sex, past our artificial boundaries.
Posted on April 14, 2014, in Ecology, Writing and tagged animal behavior, animal behaviour, anthropomorphism, earthworm, moth, poem, poetry, scientific method, sex, squirrel, worm. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.