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Sport 33: Spring 2005

Arthritis the elephant

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Arthritis the elephant

The man said he would pay happily full price.
And you said that will be fine thanks &
would you be after a receipt.

The man said he was not sure what
he would be after or before & gee
what's up with all the questions.

So you had to say don't forget your
change under the grill sir. & the talk
went back & forward through the no-smash glass.

Then he said maps! He would be needing a
map of the zoo to get around with. And you
had to ask for extra to the first. & that was it between you.

He was surprised a little by the minutiae
of drawings with arrows everywhere on
the gloss filmy paper.

3 bucks—& he was polite looking over
the standout times of 11.05 & 2
thirty for the Keeper & Animal

Displays around food.
He stopped first to spot the hedgerow
birds robbing stuff.

And passing with
Arthritis the elephant
Went by.

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The second to last place people
recall him was at the iron rail
to the Galapagos Tortoise—

Which did a twisting thing with its neck
like the shape of 8 on its side.
It was a perfect day for radio reception

& he was on kilohertz. But these are
mere details & not relevant to the way
he fed himself to the lion.