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“There’s No Such Thing as Monsters?”

“There’s No Such Thing as Monsters?”, Michael N. Johns, 4/28/2016

If there weren’t wars and man-made hate,
Could scientists eliminate
Diseases, famines, and create
Utopia?  We could all live
In harmony, and we could give
Attention, then,  preemptive,
To nature’s uncontrolled horrors.

By consequence, we’d intervene
When earthquakes shake and make a scene,
When tidal waves, floods unforeseen,
Or drought disrupt, or volcano
Erupt, or crops refuse to grow-
We’d share with people we don’t know,
Like foster family sponsors.

Alas, there’s war, hate, selfishness,
Rape, murder, robbery, it’s a mess!
Adding to pains and natural stress
Add greed’s victims held in the sway
Of life-crippling debt to pay
And then you still would try to say
“There’s no such thing as monsters?”



In Russia they’ve got DNA
To clone a beast gone yesterday,
A woolly mammoth, there’s no doubt,
That this would give the cloners clout,
The scientists found her frozen, dead,
With lunch in stomach undigested,
If they succeed, Colorado
Will have their tusky mascot, so
Teammates could take turns at shovel,
Feed, bathe, feed, feed and then, shovel.
What if they clone her to hybrids,
A million tiny mammoth kids,
Maybe if global warming’s true,
We’ll need their help to make it through,
What if they grow, take back the earth?
Their ancient destiny at birth,
The war, the epic of the epoch,
Ivory death stampedes, amuck.
Or worse, blunder, elephantine,
Read on, you’ll know just what I mean,
What if they bring her back, once dead,
And offspring, now warm, simply shed?
For all the millions that they spent,
It would just be… an elephant.