A Jungle Dance By Brian A. Yapko

                               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.

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