I have warned him of going alone in the forest,

of reaching with his bare hand

into the dark recesses of nature,

of the mountain lion and bear,

a startled moose


His questions are of why animals eat one another,

the reason for poisonous plants, snakes and insects,

ridges and cliffs where sharp stones may await him


Before I can answer, he leaves my hand in a rush

and he has yet to meet face to face with savage,

two legged types of our own species


I have no answers for the dangers there