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Greed in MUSTH ...
 
 
 

Elephants


(Under SHOW ALL MEDIA please find a file with a recording of me reading my poem aloud.)


You learn quickly they take care of each other.
The matriarch watches over them all,
Including resisting a bull in musth*
To protect her young, cull out cows in heat.
Imagine placing your body between
A ten-ton behemoth, penis unsheathed,
And the rest of your herd … and you mean it
Though you’re half his size: you are the mother.
We slaughter these creatures for their ivory,
Our greed in its musth* (no thought at all of sport).
It’s we who should be punished and branded
For our I-For-Me, extinction be damned.

Indian word for “pleasure" generally, including (extreme) sexual heat
 
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