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"OH WATERS, TEEM WITH MEDICINE TO KEEP MY BODY SAFE FROM HARM, SO THAT I MAY LONG SEE THE SUN." - Rig Veda
No stunt of his has ever awed a crowd
like this vast sudden mound he’s made
out of himself.
Mommy, is he sleeping?
The pink dot of a woman pirouetting
on his head has toppled off like a sequin
cut loose from its thread.
The problem of his body
lies inert where it fell, a sawdust blanket
sifting over him, absorbing his circus smell.
Our collective gasp
rises like a stray balloon
clear up to the big top’s peak to settle
in fresh gloom. The children ride quietly
home. Read us a story, Mommy.
Goodnight stars. Goodnight air.
Goodnight noises everywhere.
Goodnight, Elephant. There there.