birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.

The Sixth Mass Extinction

I don't so much mind
if this spells the end  
of human kind. What  
loss is it to lose that
thing that kills itself?
It's everything that must
perish with us. This
planet has made so
much—the cuttlefish,
every mollusc, grey
wolf and grizzly bear,
ostrich, stick bug, wart-
hog—they'll all be gone
too. They'll have had
nothing to do with it!
In the meantime who
made you the god to
cut down that maple
tree that has stood  
with a patience no
human knows only  
doing good. What
makes you so sure
it's okay to clip hens'
beaks and dock the
tail of that Percheron?
We're not the preeminent
species—never were.
It'd be nice if that
dawned on us
before the end. 

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