Copyright © Marilyn Singer

Wild in the Streets

(excerpt)

Concrete, glass, tarmac, steel—

who’d imagine they’d appeal

to creatures that once lived

            in forests, caves, on prairies, rocks?

How did they land on city blocks,

under bridges, on rooftops

in playgrounds and drains

            (even in our houses, perhaps when it rains)?

What do they eat? Where do they sleep?

Who are these beings, beloved or reviled?

What wildlife can possibly flourish

            where life’s no longer wild?