ivor .e hogg

Rookie (7th April 1934 / Co Durham)

Without Trace - Poem by ivor .e hogg

Jungles have eyes which constantly
observe the humans who intrude
upon their ancient secrecy.
The local natives understood.

The jungle can enforce its laws.
Men must obey or they will die.
But when the strangers came of course
they argue and they question why.

They think they know a better way
for after all they’re civilised.
They do not know that they are prey
until at last they are surprised

by some indigent predator.
They satisfy the appetite
of a successful carnivore.
Who kills because it is his right.

He has to prey before his feed
as he has always done before.
Like all the others of his breed
obedient to jungle law.

The strangers came but they were lost
far from their normal habitat.
Ignored the rules and paid the cost.
Fast food for a hungry jungle cat.

Comments about Without Trace by ivor .e hogg

  • (3/22/2007 7:07:00 PM)

    In Africa The natives it Humans
    I've seem the book
    Believe me
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  • Trade Martin (3/22/2007 6:52:00 PM)

    Very nice Ivor...., but you spelled my first name wrong....! ! ! Keep up the fine work....! ! ! Best, T.M.. (Report) Reply

  • (3/22/2007 6:33:00 PM)

    There's probably a lot more truth in this than one imagines. And the ones who DID get through alive may have ended up in the natives' cooking pot......

    Love, Fran xxx
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  • (3/22/2007 6:28:00 PM)

    Wise words well written. Like Kipling's The Law Of The Jungle for grown ups!
    Anna xxx
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 22, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, February 5, 2011

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