Parallel thoughts

of the Rhinoceros.


It was bilateral

the Rhino had

human thoughts.


His wife left him

and was saddened

it stood in the wallow

for two days, only eating

from the keeper’s hands


He wanted more from life

than the zoo coffee

at the safari canteen

eyes closed, sitting in dung

frost on the thick skin, melts when the sun

rises and the mist between man and animal


neither had been to Africa

single origin, single mind, multiplied

by every visitor

every day

we want more from life.