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:




Look closely

at each

of your



They are



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.)