"The felines in Zanzibar" [gnomic rubai]
I was counting the felines in Zanzibar in lieu of counting sheep
now that isn't to say I was struggling to join the realm of sleep
like an elephant that isn't in the room I sought for 5 blind men
like a rhino who's looking for Wittgenstein I said "the road is steep"
responsive to Stephen Schroeder's "reconciling texts" -- including the epigraph from Thoreau ("It is not worthwhile to go around the world to count the cats in Zanzibar").
The final line's rhinoceros allusion is handily explicated by a blogger here.