The Futility Zoo
Look, the blowhole of a migrating whale
stuffed with useless maps
of an ocean that never existed.
Bison, glancing up from the grass
at a trainful of monkeys shaking
their glittering trumpets. See the tapir,
lolling in mud, feasting
on the succulence of impossible
dreams. Or the raging wolf pack,
locked in a fight with one tough cricket
defending its broken wing. Fleet of
trained squirrels, unicycles tipping the edge
of a black lunar canyon.
See the pygmy sloth licking salt from
the edge of a mangrove leaf,
exerting tiny powers.
The limping puma, blood-soaked paw
striking a sheepfold of thorns.
Condor's nest embracing a perfect egg
in the last pine, ablaze.
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