Natural Selection first appeared in Poetic Justice in 1984.
Note: Barnacles begin life as free swimming crustaceans, but, at maturity, secrete the strongest known natural glue in which to secure their heads, and for the rest of their lives they remain stationary, kicking food into their mouths, using their legs as syphoning filters for plankton.
I could not stick my head in glue
to feed and wait with barnacles,
or seek security among
or anchor to tomorrow with sedentary polyps,
or browse with slugs,
or cling to rocks,
or maintain the perpetual
defensiveness of urchins,
or achieve “being realistic”
with camouflaged bottom dwellers,
or remain isolated in a shell.
I float on my colors,
moved by current desires,
to swim effortlessly
in the ocean of possibility.