Black-mantled Tamarin is a species of tamarin from the northwestern
Amazon in far western Brazil, southeastern Colombia and northeastern
Peru where they mainly eats insects, leaves, and fruit. They are
15–28 cm in length and their tail length is 27–42 cm. Family groups
consisting of a male, a female and 1 or 2 young live in a defined
territory - the female marks branches on the boundaries of the territory
with secretions of her anal glands and urine. The female gives birth
to 2 young after a gestation of 140 to 150 days. They are listed
as Least Concern due to its adaptability to disturbed habitats,
presumed large populations, and occurrence in a number of protected
areas. It is not believed to be declining at a rate sufficient to
qualify for a threatened category. Although they were captured for
export for biomedical research in the 60s and 70s, they are still
There is a church and school near-by
And on a corner of its grounds, for sensation,
Two hundred seven little crosses lie,
A visual protest and representation
Of abortions performed in our county each year,
A white badge in segments of our obligations,
And I think instead of the broad definition:
"Anything that fails to progress, develop, or mature."
Two hundred seven is about eleven minutes for the poor
Children killed worldwide by malnutrition.
But they don't count, apparently -
They are the children we never see,
Given neither chance nor choice to live through;
The Child Who Never Was sheds her tears for you.
Roy Blokker was born in Holland in 1950. His parents
immigrated when he was two. Roy graduated from the University of California
at Santa Cruz, cutting his teeth on social issues while reaching maturity
(debatably, according to many) during the Sixties. He worked as a
letter carrier for the US Postal Service for 31 years. Roy is now
retired and devoting his energies to the art and the craft of writing.
He has written The Music of Dmitri Shostakovich: The Symphonies
(with Robert Dearling), the novel Amber Waves, and five
collections of poetry, the latest of which is a tribute to the soldier-poets
of World War One entitled Charles Sorley's Ghost. His work
has appeared in The American Dissident, Clever, Black Heart, First
Line, American Aesthetic, Leaves of Ink, and Highlights
for Children, among others. Roy and his bride of forty years lives
in Glacier country in Montana.