An elephantine proboscis
A bunch of carnivorous flowers
A plethora of singing frogs
And many happy mothers

A crab’s refuge
In the crevices of time
Some dancing seaweed
And turtles in apnea

Mendeleev’s kitchen table
Forgotten periodicals
Einstein’s hair
And Machiavelli’s beard

The Origin of the Species
The Origin of the World
Courbet under a microscope
A satellite photo of Bethlehem

The starry skies within
The moral self in space
An astronaut’s nostalgia
A general’s favourite song

The middle breath in a lifetime
The rear pedal of time
A bittersweet tear of joy
The exit sign in Plato’s cave

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