Probably the shortest poem in For Rhino in a Shrinking World is also, in my view, one of the most telling.  It manages to condense into a mere thirteen words a message of profound truth and power.

The poem is by the Australian poet Lorne Johnson and is called ‘Nexus’.  Here it is:

 

Nexus

 

Look closely

at each

of your

fingernails.

 

They are

crafted

from

rhino horn.

 

(Lorne Johnson lives close to deep gullies filled with lyrebird song, in New South Wales, Australia.  He teaches English in a Catholic secondary school in Sydney.  Lorne’s poetry has appeared in various Australian journals.)

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