God and the Animals at the National Zoo
He swings the elephants’ trunks
and plays jump rope with the black howler monkeys.
He says, “Bye, son,” to the American bison
He loves the pandas because they are black, white, and Asian–
diversity at its finest.
He helps the turtles carry their houses around
and find where to settle
The whooping cranes whoop with excitement
when they see God coming.
Sometimes when things aren’t fun, I’m glad that I can have words and writing. It always helps. Even when I don’t expect it to be “therapeutic writing.”