Questions for a zoologist
starting with anatomy
concluding with love:
Is a turtle’s skin loaned?
True or false: weight of his shell
than the light of drums.
What is the under-shell
and is it tough as a mangrove?
Can he see through his shell-box?
Can he see out the rear
to this sea of ours?
Does he exist in the order of things?
How does life begin, when does it end
and is that good or evil?
Yellow margin over a cuttlebone,
is it a lonely world
of sow bugs, cutworms, and God?
Source: Poetry (April 2012).
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This poem originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of Poetry magazine
Poems by Karen An-hwei Lee