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Seaside Elephant

Haworth Hodgkinson

 

On these shores
elephants are rare.
It must be the pebbles
they dislike.

But pictures of elephants
can be found in craft shops
everywhere.

I take a dozen small elephant pictures
and paste them to rocks along the tideline,
hoping their cousins will recognise
common spirit
and come to join them.

My camera is primed,
my microphone tuned
to the trumpeting frequencies.

I wait.

Perhaps I should have brought
buns as an extra lure.

Only at dusk,
as the sky fades,
am I rewarded for my patience.

Out of the dark sea
looms a large shape:
an enormous
picture
of an elephant.

 


Written 2003
Edited 2004

Published in Storm Issue 3, 2004
(Koo Press)
and in A Weakness for Mermaids, 2007
(Koo Press)

A Weakness for Mermaids Storm 3


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