Just a elephant doing elephant things

salmon shall run no more
bears shall sit their haunches
eddies shall pass them by
they shall fish no more
once rounded belly-fat
once sleekly-coated
they shall gaunten like a feral cat
 
that elephant arise
dies
in the full blast of his hyena sunrise
 
sparrow at the bullfight
on that blade, dragonfly, alight.
 
the black dog took her blue death in stun-brown texas
 
the breach dolphin navy-grey took her final chosen exhale
into the ship’s screw, the whale
 
hers are hackles in the twister there
she snaps,
she sails,
her teeth bare
 
that bamboo refused the stand upright
relief in the voices of birds and bees who no longer alight
 
the pull
so glacier
the rot
so quiet