Caught in a farmer’s fence,
the wallaby fights the wire,
struggles and relents.

Trying to get free,
he’s wound in the ligature
more desperately

until he hangs in air,
martyred by a change
of atmosphere

that makes no sense,
foreclosing range
for recompense.

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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 42 Number 3, on page 32
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