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Robillard, Eve
The last banana,   p. 50

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The Last Banana 
     (Or, lines written when I learned 
     that the banana could become extinct 
     within the next ten years.) 
It was found hovering 
over a tiny zoo in Kokomo, 
Indiana-monkeys calling out 
to it from their noisy cages. 
Already its wings were growing 
dark; already it was losing 
altitude, and then a boy 
with a butterfly net captured 
it and took it home. Scientists 
from a nearby university arrived 
the next day, and experts are now 
working on the mummification 
process. The last banana will be 
on display (suspended by nylon 
thread in a medium-sized plasticine 
box) from 10am until 4:45pm Tuesday 
through Saturday in a local museum. 
Fruit flies will be pumped in daily, 
and plans are now underway 
for widening all roads leading 
into Kokomo, Indiana. 
Eve Robillard 
Poet's Statement 
It's really no secret that the banana may well become extinct within the
next ten 
years-the news was on Wisconsin Public Radio and in several newspapers; some
dreaded virus-for which the banana has no defense-is supposed to manifest
soon. I was intrigued when I heard this, and I believe I was reading a lot
of Billy 
Collins around that time. He's one of my favorite poets, and sometimes he
seems to "un-hinge" my brain. And I found myself wondering, "How
would he 
handle this?" The next thing I knew, I'd written this silly (or, not
so silly) poem. 

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