F.C. Delius

                                             BIG ZOO

When the attendants at night
are showing the town to the preferred animals,
Wilmersdorf, Lankwitz, Frohnau,
and I'm encountering them
at night, on my way home,
I greet them, making my bow,
wishing them a good evening,
longing eagerly for a better impression
that mammals should have of their own kind,
ready for an understanding, ready
for brotherhood -
if only the attendants weren't
between us, between snout and brain.




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