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New York Quarterly - 1976

big grey balloon things, heavy

into the elephant's ass
shoots the sun, well, not entirely
into the elephant's ass
shoots the sun, hardly halfway
into the elephant's ass
shoots the sun, hardly at all
into the elephant's ass
shoots the sun, it's rather
closed up
and the tail gets in the way,
and who started this,
anyhow?

did you ever see
elephants lined-up
in the afternoon
leaning against each other
sideways?
you have to see them from the rear
the way they lean
the way they sway
back and
forth
against each other

it's like a tide
a tide in the sea
they sway
and their little tails flick
and flick and flick
eternally

and you know
they like the sun

the way they sway in the sun dreaming
dreaming they sway in the sun

but very little sun gets into their
elephant asses

this is about all there is to know
about elephants
    
Pleasures of the Damned - 2007

elephants in the zoo

in the afternoon
they lean against
one another
and you can see how much
they like the sun.

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