Bestiary for the End Times

Sobre todo os insetos (The Sertão, Northeastern Brazil)
Claude Levi-Strauss in Tristes Tropiques
tells the story of a hunter who heard
a queixada, a pack of wild boars,
and took refuge on an ant-hill.
The pigs surrounded him and
he fired at them until his ammunition
ran out, and then he defended himself
with a hacking tool called a facão.
The next day a search party found him
by the urubus, the vultures, flying overhead.
Scattered around the anthill there remained
only his skull and the carcasses of the pigs
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