First Time

by Barry Drogin

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once i wondered whether the
First Beaver
considered the ecological consequences of building the
First Dam
what happened to the tree when the
First Bird
built, unthinkingly and for its own purposes, the
First Nest
what of the drastic effect the
First Lion
precipitated when, to quench its hunger, it committed the
First Murder
was it really true that the
First Man
altered the environment, with his tools, for the
First Time
?

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