Elephant Water

Dan Veach



Man is no doubt a higher being

But I’m one who can’t get used to seeing

The results of my bug-spray genocide.

Their limbs so decently tucked in,

No malice in their form or face:

It eases my conscience that one decides

On a dish for his final resting place.

Clean china, white: in no way narrow

The spirit of this little hero

Who chose the funeral of a Pharaoh.

“Small Beowulf,” the dragon sighed,

“The honor is all with those who died.”

And though I’ll have to wash the plate

I don’t regret that you lie in state.  



Copyright 2012 by Daniel Veach

Permission is granted to share and use site contents,
with appropriate credit, for non-profit personal and educational purposes.

For all other permissions, please contact the author.

In Honor of Roaches