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Elephant Tree

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I came across an elephant tree

in low, hushed tones she whispered a plea

please take this branch and draw a circle around me

the people have forgotten who I am

you see

legs to root

grey bark from skin

tusk to trunk

I know who she’s been

I remember a time

in Kenya, long ago

when the elephants circled me

then stilled, as stone

they breathed me into silent space

nose to tail

their bodies laced

they stopped all time

then stretched it out

until the matriarch led

with a wave of her snout

it’s time to move on

she sang to her group

and off they went unhooking the loop

now here I sit

at the foot of this tree

listening to legends of a long gone species

who buried the bones

of their dead in this earth

so they’d turn into trees

when their next life

did birth

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