Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Caution Thrown Away

By Zachary Sepulveda

The promise of life
In this oozing,
black morass
Is naught but a lie
A sickly sweet seduction
That I can never escape
The primeval cold
Eating at my weary bones
Never goes away
That deadly warm temptation
It beckons ever stronger
A victim-less crime
To eat what's already dead
Lying at my feet
Just a little jump across
That roiling promise of death
Is it worth it now?
The trial in search of warmth?
Of a full stomach?
Is what I gain worth the risk
Of a slow, fiery demise?
Caution thrown away
The fateful leap is taken
At first, there is warmth
And mountains of food to eat
Just like I had wished
But my footing slips
It's all to soon, all at once
All I had is gone
Never to be seen again
By the bright eyes of my kin
Eons pass me by
As my charred remains are raised
Slowly to the sun I shall be cherished by man
And my spirit lives in him


This vintage postcard shows a Smilodon sneaking up on a prey animal that is stuck in the tars of the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, CA. This postcard is part of the Pebble Pup postcard collection. There is no copyright.

Note: the poet is experimenting with Tanka, a classical Japanese poetic form that consists of 5 lines generally following the pattern on these numbers of syllables: 5-7-5-7-7. Zach has expanded the traditional Tanka to 7 stanzas.


Poet’s bio: Zachary Sepulveda recently moved to the Pikes Peak region from San Diego, CA. He became interested in paleontology by visiting the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles as often as he could. He is a junior member of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and is part of the Pikes Peak Pebble Pups and Earth Science Scholars Program. Zach is 16 years old and is in 11th grade at Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colorado.

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