We love our elephants

Can we  have a  cause to cause
Elephant herds to freely roam

In the bamboo clumps of forest
Or in holy temple caparisons ?

Haven’t we already loved them
Half-man, a demi-elephant god

Mud and plastic, rat at his foot,
The elephant-god we worship

With his round moon-laughing
Stomach, a beginningless god

Being a cause, our beginning?
The effect cannot cause cause.

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