Safari

by davidchrzanowskipoetry

A safari scene carved from a single limb of tree; wood type unknown. Giving birth to fine animals, engrained with veins, squaring off like all species in existence, eagerly defending territories of landlocked spaces, fences of urine and deadbolt facilities.

Cheetah verses Lion, Elephant and Rhino; ivories glint as they gnaw and trim concentrated spores of vegetation. The buffalo, the fifth and central carving, is the only one shown with two eyes, crudely etched, uneven circles stalling for a response, disturbed from protecting a secret, accepting of its place amongst a busy landscape; a theme of conflict beyond its control.

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