Grapevines cover the old fence stump.
Where there’s water, there may be mink.
If there is no pond, beavers will create one.
We greatly appreciate our partners
but few ecosystems are this simple:
Cacti are succulent.
Hoofrim is hard.
This evergreen is red.
When spring comes
the alpha male is the chorus leader.
When the weather gets foul
the alpha female will snap and snarl.
Study of ancient DNA reveals
that over many millennia
large hearts sustain.
The pack is the nucleus.
A pack can be as few as two.
Source & Method
All lines are from informational placards in the Hall of Dinosaurs at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History, and the Hall of North American Mammals at New York’s Museum of Natural History.
Nick Fuller Googins‘ fiction has been read on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and has appeared in The Southern Review, Ecotone, Narrative, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. In his non-writing time he installs solar panels, tutors, and plays trombone in an activist street band.
Photo by Samuel Zeller