Because Australia. Because California. Because Katrina. Because Maria. Because the Bahamas. Because Oklahoma: 2,000 earthquakes in the last five years, so what the hell?
Why We Have Bighorns
The mountains have questions that the sky can’t answer,
and the valleys have rivers but the green on their banks can’t answer,
and the trees hear everything the wind says, the birds,
but can’t speak, so the bighorns were born.
Just look at them. Solid. From their heads—
a pair of question marks. From the cliff-face walls
that watch their travels, echoes bounce
then disappear. They ask, “What are the humans doing
with their lives so short yet full of destruction?
Why do they call their path progress when the footing is so unsure?”
Rob Carney’s new book Facts and Figures is available from Hoot ‘n’ Waddle. Previous books include The Book of Sharks and 88 Maps. His first collection of creative nonfiction, Accidental Gardens, is forthcoming from Stormbird Press.