there are hunters who restore elk to their range
and fishermen who advocate for salmon

listen, some advance the ways of the wild
more than I do: it’s a curious equation
with their rifles and hooks, all the same
conserve some balance

there are those who exert themselves
to embody the Law of Great Existence
the endowment of commonwealth
vaster than private riches
vaster than impoverishment

even those who roam about some reserve
(putting more aside than they take)
find opportunities for preserving and renewing

the companionship of angels on the ladder from the sky
before the hour’s too late
and what’s lost is ghosted forever

this galaxy incorporating
all individuality

overlaps and ranges
with root and flower
in our portion

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