God’s antelopes have eyes placed far to side
And horizontal pupils, features they
Employ to see wide spans and speed away
From lurking predators they’ve easily spied.
But carnivores, with eyes in front of face
And pupils vertical, see straight ahead,
Are sharply focused on the beast that’s fled,
Their eyes like beams throughout the deadly chase.
So, one can dodge a death, the other, slay —
With eyes to spot a foe or trail a dinner,
The losers steak or back to pride still thinner.
But why is each equipped opposing ways?
Such subtlety arouses my suspicion
That God’s a sportsman, not a kind optician.
Published with permission in "The Neovictorian/Cochlea, Vol. IX, No.2