Thank you Victoria for contributing this fine piece.
Litany for the Animals
For anteaters and ants, Abdulali's Wrinkled Frog and Abe's Salamander
For rabbits, their reproductive vigour, their fluffy tails and soft noses
The stars are in our belly; the Milky Way our umbilicus.
Is it a consolation that the stuff of which we’re made
is star-stuff too?
– That wherever you go you can never fully disappear –
dispersal only: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen.
Tree, rain, coal, glow-worm, horse, gnat, rock.