March 2005 / Volume VI / Issue II
Ashok Niyogi
Sequoia

Mortality in shallow roots
Must be extremely high.
Those are the foot soldiers.

I had photos taken
With Generals Grant and Sherman
And the carcass of the fallen Colonel
(Name not tabulated but tannin protected).

Grant can accommodate three million ping-pong balls
Sherman is the largest living thing,
But the hollowed Colonel served as a stable
For Cavalry horses and native Indians
And such other inferior beings,
As can do without heating.

The snow was only knee deep
In the Sequoia Redwoods.

Roads closed.

Toilets were clean.
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