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The Creation
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was going well. A perfect, rosy sow,
a finch, an elephant. Then a giraffe
at the last minute, springing up like Wow ,
an exclamation point on legs. A gaffe,
or maybe not. Her fringy eyelashes.
Her voice, a bleat soft as a low laugh,
a yard-long tongue that blackly licks leaf caches
from the sky. She nuzzles her newborn calf
still wet, eyes shut, legs splayed and sliding,
the two of them improbable riffraff
of the imagination, hang gliding
off the cliff of reason.

  Oh giraffes,
wear your head lamps, gather around, remind me,
when all seems dark and sane, of mystery.

Jeanne Murray Walker  

Jeanne Murray Walker has numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, eight Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowships, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer’s was just published, and Word Farm Press will bring out her new and selected poems in 2014.

Copyright © 2013 Louisiana State University Press
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Jeanne Murray Walker. "The Creation." Southern Review 49.4 (2013): 557-557. Project MUSE. Web. 10 Oct. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Walker, J. M.(2013). The Creation. Southern Review 49(4), 557. Louisiana State University Press. Retrieved October 10, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Jeanne Murray Walker. "The Creation." Southern Review 49, no. 4 (2013): 557-557. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed October 10, 2013).
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