The Rhinoceros and I
I saw a rhinoceros walk by,
His large steps moved the land, and his
Heavy breathing made the air around us
More powerful. He was quite large.
I saw a rhinoceros walk in the green grass,
His eyes were calm, or perhaps sad,
He didn’t smile. He just walked, oblivious
To my presence.
If someone had told me a rhinoceros would
Walk by me, I would have been afraid,
And probably said I would run. But he walked by
And the day didn’t end, he didn’t seem to mind.
He was closer now, and I could again see
His eyes, and they were strong but sad.
His skin, wrinkled and gray, moved
Side to side, as he walked by.
This could be the last rhinoceros, I thought,
And he probably wondered if I was
The last walking man. We were both alone
In a large and melancholic world.