Incomplete Adaptation

The beast within
has adjusted
to civilization,
yet over and again,
far too often,
it raises up
its shaggy head,
fierce and bloody,
to remind us
it is still alive.

Bruce Boston's poetry has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov's Readers Award, and the Rhysling and Grand Master Awards of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. His fiction had received a Pushcart Prize and twice been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (novel, short story). You can reach Bruce at Read other articles by Bruce.