by Michael Dumanis
This article only concerns itself
with greater bilbies, the extant
species of bilby. For the extinct
species of bilby, see
lesser bilby. How many people
have seen a bilby
or know what a bilby is?
Unlike other bandicoots, I
make an excellent burrower.
This blue-grey fur with patches
of tan feels soft like a receding
childhood in the dimming thought
of a lonely traveler. My sense of smell
is better than yours as I hurtle
along the barrens like a tiny
rocking horse. My fluted hairless
ears are the slenderest oyster shells.
I, like you, harbor unrequited
romantic feelings for God,
prefer the comfort of a nightfall
to the hot glare of anything.
Perhaps we must develop
a new appreciation. Fewer greater
bilbies than pygmy elephants soak up
the fraying, fragrant atmosphere,
than Ganges river dolphins. Once
I skedaddled through Adelaide
gleefully. Pin the whatever
on the whatever. The pages
of this encyclopedia I clamor through
wear thin. Soon I may see
in the dust my little cousin again.
For the time being, I presume
a future, and scratching for a termite
the hard soil around the bunchgrass,
unhinge my small jaw, proffer
my endless tongue.
Published on January 27, 2022