Jason Preu | The Sasquitch (after James Weldon Johnson)

O brothers mine, take care! Take care!
The great Sasquitch rides out to-night.
Trust not your batteries nor your lens,
Your only safety lies in flight;
For in her howl there is a snare,
And in her footprint there is a blight.

The great Sasquitch you have not seen?
Then, younger brothers mine, forsooth,
Like nursery children you have looked
For ancient Yeti and yon Bigfoot;
But no, not so; the Sasquitch appears
In all the howling haunts of truth.

Her lips are like bread-loaves, plump,
Her face gigantic ape, unfair,
Her eyes deep cavernous, black,
She moves with subtle power and air,
And all about her body there blows
The musky brown glory of her hair.

But though she always thus appears
In form of beast and wide of girth,
Unnumbered centuries are hers,
The infant forests saw her birth;
The child of throbbing Life is she,
Doomed to secretly roam the earth.

And back behind those curled lips,
And down within those pitiless eyes,
And underneath the soft fur coat
Of hand and growl and breathy sighs,
The shadow of the human lurks,
The spirit of the human lies.

For I have seen the great Sasquitch,
And she has led me to her lair,
And I have photographed her thick, brown lips
And cruel face so dull and scared;
Around me she has twined her arms,
And drowned me in excessive hair.

Oh! she has seen your video cameras,
And heard you hunt her loud and gay,
And in your voices she has caught
The echo of a far-off day,
When humanity was closer to earth;
Now she has marked you for her prey.

She feels the old dark mountainous strength
In you, the great dynamic beat
Of primal passions, and she sees
In you the last besieged retreat
Of curiosity relentless, lusty, fierce,
Curiosity pain-ecstatic, cruel-sweet.

O brothers mine, take care! Take care!
The great Sasquitch rides out to-night.
Trust not your batteries nor your lens,
Your only safety lies in flight;
For in your photo there is a snare,
And in your video there is a blight.

 

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