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Love Letter from the Last Elephant – by Darryl Price

Love Letter from the Last Elephant
by Darryl Price

We hear all the stories
coming right up out of
the dust. We see the same
sky, the same stars. We’ve met
our own deaths forever.
We know what’s happening.
Because of this some of
us will come willingly

to have chains put around
our feet. Some others must
never be anything
but free. This way they can

still lead with their hearts.We
cannot save us. You could
not save yours either as
he was bleached and became

a ghost. There is little
time for this conversation
before the planet
can no longer pronounce

our names correctly. Then
there will be no one to
call us home again by
trumpet or full foot stomp.

It may sound funny to
you but we have tasted
the rain, flowers, grass;
it tastes right, we believe.

Darryl Price

  1. May 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Mice. We really do not frighten Elephants
    though our ceiling comes down in a thunder of dust
    and the nursery is choked and the pinks cry-

    We love You, for no shade is as deep or wide
    and grass seed presses down, almost into our mouths
    with your laborious passage by

  2. June 12, 2010 at 3:05 am

    The last line is perfect. What a wonderful way of saying “what on earth are you doing?”

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