Of a child and an elephant

For Sumi…

Dusk in an Indian village

closed

out the day, allowed

thimblefuls

of cooler air to spill

Fresh

for the night…

it entered carrying

old wooden buckets 

filled

with darkness.

 

The village slumbered,

yet she remained awake

thinking about her friend.

 

She, a child, had a special

relationship above the

Commonplace

with an elephant of the

forest…

at first, they only

exchanged

glances, not enough of

an escape from

their daily chores.

 

How sweet the early morn,

washed as in a bath

by pouring rain

when they 

Entered

a pond,

she was very brave,

full of love –

both full of kindness.

 

Nothing the village elders

could ever

Observe

would equal the 

bond that

this small girl and

elephant 

felt, the sound it

made muted

leaves

rustling in the 

 

A lonely life it now 

led

after she sadly waved 

Goodbye,

left for another

country…

the elephant 

no longer trumpeted,

no longer saw her

reflection 

in the pond, only its own

slowly aging.

 

Copyright © 06/13/2014 Ð Ṝ Ƣ Ñeedle & Ŧhread®

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2 comments on “Of a child and an elephant

  1. This is absolutely beautiful and the images brightens this reader’s imaginations with beauty and love an animal & a human have for each other…it breaks my heart at the ending though to know losing love hurts so much!! Beautiful & excellent!!

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