Poems of the Week


by Ruth S. Baker

“Long thought to be extinct in Kenya, giant pangolins are now being helped back from the brink”
The Guardian

Despondently angling for pangolins,
We learn that a few are still here!
So now conservationists dangle ins-
pirational stats, and we cheer.

Strange beauties, so squamous and famous:
All hail to you, keratin kings!
Mankind feels enchantment, the same as
Is sparked when a nightingale sings.

You’re saved from the brink of extinction—
But please, do not rush to relax;
Preserve yourselves clear of that brink: shun
Your fans, and keep watching your backs.