Tarzan’s Lost Soundtrack

Roger Camp

Roger Camp

Tarzan's Lost Soundtrack was selected for MSUL’s themed call for work about Water, in coordination with the MSU Broad Art Museum’s fall 2023 exhibition, Flint is Family in Three Acts, featuring the photography of Latoya Ruby Frazier.

Deciding on a swim
a herd of plunging pachyderms
form a necklace
trunk to tail across the lake

as our frail boat floats
between mainland and island,
a whitewashed crouton
in the pea green soup.

Oblivious to maritime right-of-way
these weighty water nymphs
gorge our course
emerging dripping

onto an island, stripping it bare
for a jungle snack.
Instead of the cinematic mixing
of jungle noises of the Kookaburra

our ears are assaulted with the trunk twisting,
fiber wrenching, molar crushing,
churning of cellulose,
a grinding organ of digestive grumbles

that rumbles this Indian jungle.

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