Diversity grows in my backyard,
all the profusion of plants birds and animals,
carry on their intricate patterns
of interrelations, oblivious of my
presence, as I study this web of life,
knowing that it is tenuous,
parts of it may disappear
at any time, as need for land
and lack of land slowly play
their part in destroying
the abundance that surrounds
us here in the Cape under the mountains.
Greed and need are slowly
stripping the land away from
the natural beauty to tar, concrete,
metal, glass and wood,
so I go each day to look and study
the last bits of our biodiversity,
which are now all been put into
national parks and reserves,
so that they cant be developed.
but one can walk through them
and enjoy them.