Appropriate Grounds

Who has the patent on certainty?

Not those flightless birds

we call dinosaurs

or Cambrian arthropods

all extinct and fossilized.

Along comes a meteorite,

a volcanic eruption,

an ice age with some indeterminate winter,

or another invasion,

like locusts or body snatchers,

and your whole species

is up for grabs. Then even wholesale is questionable.

Like conducting an auction of outdoor furniture

in bad weather.

So don’t be too confident

if the pickin’s now are easy.

Up there’s a hand, that unknown quality,

that is sure to scare you like the dickens.

Just watch as it manifests itself to your awareness,

ready to reach on down

and grab you by the testicles.