May/June 2018 • Vol. XL No. 3 Nature's (Human) NatureMay 1, 2018 |

Decline in the Adoration of Jack-in-the-Pulpits

Even if the plant kneels to comparative darkness, and its name conjures a frocked man propagandizing at an altar, and its hooded bloom is poisonous if ingested raw, it is a part of paradise that won't survive behind glass. What happens will go down in history as fable. No one takes baths in the dark anymore. And there are too few hatmakers left— almost no silence to be found. The days are sad and many people's backs hurt. Everyone is too occupied with their devices to notice what's growing in the woods. Cell phones are like bird coffins in our hands. No one makes love without a mirror or a camera to witness. Sometimes the sounds are recorded. No one takes a fall or gets injured without posting pictures of the wound, the veering drive to urgent care, the forlorn face of the nurse practitioner sewing the stitches, the hot dog eaten afterward. What is this ceaseless self-focus, but the hoopla, hue, and cry of an unheld baby? A harelip never tended with a floral unguent. No rain or su

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