Who Will Be Next?

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Fireblossom Friday: Lament For The Thylacine


“Does it ever seem to you that there is something….something that should be there, but isn’t? Or, has there ever been a thing so common that it seemed it could never be gone, but now it is? I can think of one–the thylacine.  The thylacine was a carnivorous marsupial–let *that* sink in–which lived in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea from time immemorial until the early 20th century. Also known as the Tassie Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf, it had striped hindquarters and its mouth could open to the widest gape of any land animal. Because it predated on chickens and livestock, a bounty was placed on its head, and it was hunted to extinction. The last known thylacine died in the Hobart Zoo in 1936.”


“For our writing, there are several possibilities. You could write about the actual creature, either from your own or the animal’s (imagined) point of view. You could write about the thylacine metaphorically, as a symbol for anything gone, wasted, missed, or surviving despite all odds against it. Finally, you could celebrate the thylacine for its utter uniqueness–there is no other like it. “


They did not understand
that I was different. Yet,
we all had to eat for
survival. My meals were
mainly chicken or sheep.
The farmers wanted to
destroy us. All we wanted
was a life like any other
animal. As usual, they
won out. We were hunted
and are now extinct.
Who will be next?


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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11 Responses to Who Will Be Next?

  1. oldegg says:

    Mankind is quite adept at doing this particularly with animals they don’t eat or put to work. So it is quite understandable that most human deaths (other than through old age) are caused by our own race in wars and other conflicts. (I made that up of course but humans are great liars!)


  2. annell4 says:

    Your question is chilling….unfortunately true!


  3. coalblack says:

    hard to answer, but a certainty that there will–sadly–be a “next.”


  4. I have a feeling it might be our turn at one point.


  5. We humans invade where the wild things live and then punish them for being wild.


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