an ancient comb in the Met.
animals parade across an ivory page
at the head
elephants trampling, snakes rising up
each full step beats out a wor(l)d —
and the kerfuffle of
plus one forlorn giraffe.
everything’s new, moving
to the drum
Image: Egyptian Hair Comb Decorated with Rows of Wild Animals
For more on African elephants and other people here’s photographer Nick Brandt with ‘On this Earth‘
And for your enjoyment, as I’m still a bit in the thrall of Vikingur Olafsson (Icelandic piano superstar and recent artist in residence for the BBC radio 4), here he is in a wet garden.