How the jackal eats the elephant anus-first, like entering a castle
through the tool shed.
How more jackals will follow the first inside the elephant.
How the stunned elephant is trying to die but is still alive
each time the video plays.
How someone is watching that video for the second time.
How night fomented infrared technology and this invention:
a small green jackal approaching a large green elephant in a black rectangle.
How the video is playing now, the computer screen
abattoiring a dark room with knives of light.
At dawn, when the sun rides its unicycle
across my eyes, a silent circus movie
has tented and sawdusted the insomniac television.
A ringmaster's perverse jodhpurs
abuse the tutu of a dewy aerialist.
She can't go on. No, no, no,
a title card whimpers, worrying the oblivion
between player piano notes.
But here comes the hero!
An unexpected man in a tight coat balances
verve and bad luck on the high wire,
while three monkeys bite his nose
and pull the man's baggy pants down.
Savior! I sing morning praises
from the little black hymnal of your moustache.
The garden ignores the wind’s demands
for Tchaikovsky. Late winter tulips
play Chopin études to studious
snow. Rhododendron bushes adjust
their donkey ears. The thug
wind threatens pine tree
after pine tree. They’re all broke.
Sap costs them everything.
What did the lions see
when Daniel entered their lair?
I want the answer to be:
trompe l’œil vey.
The river swings soft
through stubborn scoria, all the stones
in their bed like bruised eyes.
Eyes that have struck clouds, bitten
sharp stars. The water says
nothing. Soft it swings. Eyes
that listen to the water’s barbaric
silence. Soft it swings.