A Jungle Dance Insects buzzing, feathers flapping, rumbles Of hungry mammal-mouths demanding meat; Decay and sticky leaves, a monkey tumbles Through humid, heavy air. There is a beat Of drums, a smell of sacred smoke and Hsssssss! A snake ascends its vertebrae to spy A hunter camouflaged against its kiss. They freeze and stare, each with fiery eye; They cry, embrace, entwined in mortal hate As primal passions, eons old, escape And fill the jungle and the world. They mate In frantic, pulsing death. Oh the brutal shape Of this ancient round is e’er the cursed course Of cruel Earth as warring force meets force.
Brian A. Yapko has been an attorney for many years. He was raised in Southern California and received a Bachelors Degree with honors in English Literature from U.C.L.A. and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School . He is admitted to practice law in California, Oregon and New Mexico. Mr. Yapko now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his husband, Jerry and their dog, Bianca.