Strange Beasts of the Present
These days, strange creatures still surround us,
but they are getting harder to identify
because they are learning the best hiding places.
In the hood of a car, in a wallow of oil,
for instance. Or the bottom shelves of libraries,
between pages of books that go untouched
for years. In a nest of leaves in the gutter.
In the mouth of a VCR. We'll need to teach
the children how to search for them, how to
distinguish the sound of their breathing
from the hum of the lights or the fridge,
and to coax them from their dens occasionally,
so that we can remember how good it feels
to be near to something untamed, otherworldly.