Image by Louise Dickinson-Brown
By Lewis Turco
Grandfather of mammoths,
ancestor of wool and ivory,
he contained the grasslands
that might not contain him.
Pillars of cypresswood
bore up a mount that might itself have
borne up a ziggurat
beside the river's draught.
What strength was in his loins,
lustihood in his navel — gristle
like iron plates, like pipes
of bronze his body's bones!
Lakes have formed in his prints,
as the fisherfolk well remember.
He has gone to the reeds
which are thin and many.
From an unpublished manuscript, A Book of Beasts, poems by Lewis Turco, illustrations by Louise Dickinson-Brown; the poems may be found in Fearful Pleasures: The Complete Poems of Lewis Turco 1959-2007, Scottsdale, AZ: www.StarCloudPress.com, 2007. ISBN 978-1-932842-19-7, cloth; ISBN 978-1-932842-20-3, paper. Also available in a Kindle edition.