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 The elephant's trunk
is for picking up pistachios:
no need to bend over.
The giraffe's neck is for grazing on stars: no need to fly.
The chameleon's skin, green, blue, lavender, white, as it wishes, is for hiding from ravenous animals: no need to flee.
The turtle's shell, is for sleeping inside, even in winter: no need for a house.
The poet's poem, is for saying all of that and a thousand thousand thousand other things: no need to understand.
© 2001 translated by F.

by Alain Bosquet
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