yes, the volume of non-living things is greater,
but the variety of kinds of 
living things is greater yet

and when non-living and living interact
in nature so freely, so frequently,
the possible combinations near infinity

     we eat animals that
     had been living

     we eat plants that
     had been living

this is how we live,
this symbiotic exchange–
we give, we take,
they give, they take,

seems fair, plus
I can’t change this
reality, this 

this is how things
actually work
here–like it or not

and now, I think
I understand what
I must do–

I  will make