Ars Simia Naturae

© Matthew Word Bain

like a fox on the run
who found a place to hide
like a bird on a wire
who found a way to be free

or a Neanderthal in the cave of Maltravieso
who found a new canvas
perhaps a knight errant in the cave of Montesinos
who found nature replacing art

petroglyphs and petrochemicals
cover the walls of this cave
and like the ingenious hidalgo
I am often unsure in this place
whether or not I am dreaming