for Monica Casper
Moose, deer, lynx, coyote, bear,
skunk, porcupine, snowshoe hare,
hawk owl, ant, crow, honey bee,
all who live in the woods
behind the house I live in,
now formally address the human race:
We, aforementioned children of earth,
together with all our relations,
and by the power of spirit that moves in all things,
do hereby protest
the destruction of our homes.
We have kept watch in silence
while you made war on each other,
but our time for surveillance
and fleeing is finished.
We will not watch
while you mindlessly kill our mother.
– Harriet Ann Ellenberger
note: “The Neighbours Send a Message” was first published, with working notes, on Return to Mago 29 October 2012.