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No Need

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.


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Poem No Need - Alain Bosquet