Wineoceros

it says the bush
will tear up your feet
in tire-thick swaths, grater
to orange
similar to the way your father
cannot be known, not
like a first love

Vanauken’s shining, pagan barrier

photos help
from there it’s imaginative,
speculative, anthropologist
to children’s lit
Sendak’s and Seuss’
alternative societies, beauty standards

your wineoceros, a study
in aggressive sexual revolution
stoned out of his German-
East African mind, stamping
bloodprints, sloshed, across the continent

5,000 pounds per print
by today’s standards,
if well preserved

or petrified

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