Mothers and Children

An elephant blocks the sun.
Only as long as it takes for her to walk past.

A baby grasps her tail.
It eyes me as I remain sitting on the bus stop bench.

Soon come orangutans, flamingos
and many non-carnivorous species.

A zookeeper at the end of line
informs me they are on a school field trip.

They visit Lew Wallace Elementary today
to observe children learning their letters.

I observe them wait patiently
and in good order

for the traffic light to change
at Sixth and Lomas before crossing.

copyright © 2023 Kenneth P. Gurney

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