Bestiary for the End Times

Pernambuco Pygmy Owl (Brazil)
My avian blood, where are you?
What body have you with your bird bones
And your plumage?
It’s night again. Perhaps you are asleep
nesting under your downy wing?
Rabbs Fringe-Limbed Tree Frog (Panamá)
has not been observed in the wild
since 2007                   just two years
after it was discovered by scientists
Maya Mouse (Guatemala)
A mischief of Maya mice
blocked highways in Alta Verapaz
to protest an intrusion of gold miners
from a Canadian mining interest
until their demonstration was
disrupted by militarized police units
and they were all shot at close range
and tossed in a mass grave
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