A BOX OF ANIMAL CRACKERS



Lots of rabbits and tigers live

in a box of animal crackers.

You can devour them all at once,

in a big horrible mouthful.


Or, if you choose a few to save,

you can have companions,

and swing them by the soft, beautiful

handle of white string,


and hear them clattering: “Look!” they say,

“our friend is walking along!

Our friend is bringing us home from school!”

--The box is full of echoes.


It almost has a memory.