Monday, May 5, 2014


       Erastus Theophrastus Muggledor
       One day announced himself at my front door
       Unbidden and unknown and on a mission
       For a faith I took as just a superstition:

       He said that we’re not made for enmity.
       But, rather, we’re hardwired for empathy;
       Though malefactors practice double-dealing,
       Still most of us are moved by fellow feeling
       And do to others as we’d have them do
       Compassionately, while standing in our shoe.

       “But I thought Darwin said, ‘It’s tooth and claw’”
       I said.  He said, “He later fixed that flaw
       And recognized survival all depends
       Not on our enemies, but on our friends.