Really gray but called either black or white
Horns aren’t horns but compacted hair fibers
In Asia, three additional species
None are thriving, all are endangered now
Ornery, defensive, quite nearsighted
Curative, magical powers of horn –
Entirely myth, yet remain poachers’ prize
Real monster – fifteen feet long, six feet tall
Off with horns to thwart poachers, keep alive
Sans horns, can’t fight off lions, protect young

Harry Edward Gilleland      05.28.02    printer friendly