Although I long to wander
deep in your primal woods,
camping alone to absorb
your wild personality
and remember the time
my ancestors were native
to similar ancient circles,
now we've descended
into this 21st century
where raging civilization
greedily spawns multi-millions
of families planning escape
from their own massive hordes
to woodland roads and trails
near campgrounds and lodges
built with harvested trees
to host the growing crowds
who trample the forest underfoot,
driving more prudent animals
out on the deadly highways
that bring too many humans
with their smug anticipation
almost happily unaware
of the sad paradox.

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