Today's poem is by Khaled Mattawa

At the Columbus Zoo with Goethe in Pocket

They devour, nibble,
yawn when satisfied.
Stand, look at them,

the sky behind you
flaps her wings.
You are a signatory

ennobled by submission.
This is the sway
where every subject grazes,

a sphere made sublime
by its question.
The sun a howl,
the clouds a hunger,

your freedom is weighed
in steps now,
the law ahead
a watchful horizon.

Copyright © 2003 Khaled Mattawa All rights reserved
from Zodiac of Echoes
Ausable Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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