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