Fall 1946 • Vol. VIII No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1946 |

False Country of the Zoo

We are large with pity, slow and earnest In the false country of the zoo. For the beasts our hearts turn over and sigh. With the gazelle we long to look eye to eye. Laughter at the stumbling, southern giraffes Urges our anger, righteous despair. As the hartebeest plunges, giddy, eccentric, From out of the courtyard into his stall, We long to seize his forehead's steep horns Which are like the staves of a lyre. Fleeter than greyhounds the hartebeest Long-muzzled, small-footed and shy. Another runner, the emu, is even better At kicking. 0, the coarse chicken feet Of this bird reputed a fossil! His body, like the shape of New Zealand, Droops gracelessly downwise, His small head shakes like an old woman's eye. The emu, the ostrich, the cassowary, Museum birds from a museum continent, Continue to go on living their lives In conditions unnatural to them And in positions most strange remain the same. As for the secretary bird of AfricaHe suggests a mischievous bird-maker As he runs on his

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