The Transition Network

New York City Chapter

The Vagaries of Extinction

(Posted January 4, 2021)

By Harriet Shenkman 


I imagine us taking a table by a window overlooking
the Hudson. The waitress with two-inch nails stands by.

We’ll have a glass of Chianti and eggplant parmigiana, lock
eyes with the folks at the next table.

We’ll dab our lips with napkins that match the checkered tablecloth
 and ponder the vagaries of extinction. Have a second glass, a third.

We marvel at the Aldabra of one hundred thousand years ago
evolving back into existence.

If a flightless brown rail bird can re-emerge,
the city life as we used to know it might just.

Material from, 14:51:44 January 26, 2021.
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