saving hell

 

There is a sadness she swallows

for the ones captured

to be measured

for the schooled

curiosity of cool calculations

by sex

age

weight

size

color

preference

stamina

more…

in the name of preservation.

 

She projects onto these samples

the feel of freedom caged,

an immediate anxious depression

 

sleep and dream

the only escape

to an excitement in the uncertainty of whether

she'll be eaten, drown, or burned alive,

or survive for another round

 

anything to avoid the dullness

of locked alone in this room,

living a cozy hell someone wants to save.

 

Far better to feel her pulse

- to know the pleasure and pain of the brutal heaven

 

note: ‘saving hell’ was prompted by this Abstract to ‘Amphibians and reptiles of C. E. Miller Ranch and the Sierra Vieja, Chihuahuan Desert, Texas, USA’ / Drew R. Davis, Travis J. LaDuc

“We report the occurrence of 50 species of amphibians and reptiles recently collected on C. E. Miller Ranch and the Sierra Vieja in the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas, USA and describe their perceived distribution and abundance across various habitat associations of the region. Our recent surveys follow intense, historic sampling of amphibians and reptiles from this region in 1948. Of the 50 species detected in recent surveys, six were not collected in 1948 and an additional three species documented in 1948 have yet to be detected in a 14-year period of recent surveys. Combining data from both historic and recent surveys, a total of 53 species of amphibians and reptiles are known from the ranch (11 amphibians, 42 reptiles). Land stewardship and conservation practices have likely contributed to the persistence of the majority of these species through time. Additionally, we discuss the status of amphibians and reptiles not collected during recent surveys and comment on potential species that have not yet been detected.” via ZooKeys