Paul Zimmer

(1934 / Canton, Ohio / Unites States)

Zimmer Envying Elephants - Poem by Paul Zimmer

I have a wide, friendly face
Like theirs, yet I can't hang
My nose like a fractured arm

Nor flap my dishpan ears.
I can't curl my canine teeth,
Swing my tail like a filthy tassel,
Nor make thunder without lightning.

But I'd like to thud amply around
For a hundred years or more,
Stuffing an occasional tree top
Into my mouth, screwing hugely for
Hours at a time, gaining weight,
And slowly growing a few hairs.

Once in a while I'd charge a power pole
Or smash a wall down just to keep
Everybody loose and at a distance.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 19, 2014

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 19, 2014


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