(The Shapes Of Perception)
Predators have faces, so our brain
is hardwired to recognize such shapes
that may be hidden amidst the terrain,
since before modern man emerged from apes.
Our imagination’s proclivity
to spot a beast’s approach or arrival
is not a gauge of creativity
but evolutionary survival.
The animals viewed in cloudy billows
originate from fears we could be prey,
should stalkers surprise us from the willows.
Forewarned, we may have time to run away.
The man we see in the moon’s one of these,
as is the blessed virgin in grilled cheese.