Old L.A. Palms

 

rotting elephant toes,

no deep roots,

but long, grey, spindly legs--more likely a giraffe's

 

how they tower

a hundred feet above

two-story buildings or any other tree

 

how they cast

even longer shadows,

and wave their floppy, foldable fans--more like

frayed elephant ears

 

how their years

outstretch the competition

from eucalyptus and telephone poles

 

how they bob

their heads and buffet--

so unlikely--the hot, dry winds

 

such awkwardly tall,

ugly plants now,

when compared to royal palm or date

 

for more than

a moment at sunset,

they rock and roll any reality check