the zoo was never an ark

men climbed the great domes

and towers to bring back to earth

spires bells crosses


to melt into money

to build a zoo


when the flood came priests told us

the zoo was never an ark


on the news I saw

a bear floating on a heat-pump

a hippo dead in a drain


I never saw the elephant

or the little wooden steps

that climbed her back


or the terrible

steel hook of her keeper


I like to think

an angel returned

her to Kenya


to collect grey skin

bones tons of ivory

to build elephants