To Elephants That Roam

Written: August 30th, 2014
Revised: December 18th, 2014

 

 

Oh dear hides, leather hides
that beat back the angry sand—
how do I become you?
How do I reach down, grasp
my own tough skin?

Tell me how to roam
the plain with perseverance
Teach me to run and play and eat and rut
and mourn
Show me how to mourn—
Guide my child down
to the ground
Show me how to pack the dirt
so he won’t feel cold

Tell me every year when to visit
his bones.

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