saving hell


There is a sadness she swallows

for the ones captured

to be measured,

though familiar

the schooled

curiosity of cool calculations

by sex








and whatever.

She projects onto these samples

the feel of freedom caged

that’s an immediate anxious depression

with despair

the only escape in a longing

rather to be eaten or burned alive

than locked alone in a room,

living the cozy hell someone wants to save.

Far better, she knows,

to live and die 

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