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Posted: April 26th. 2012 7:27:04 PM
Don't Look at the Elephants
by Ted MacGillivray
Age Group: Adult
Don't Look at the Elephants
Don't look at the elephants. Just ignore them.
Turn your head away. Pretend you can't smell them
Or feel the weight of their body heat.
There's no problem -- you can move freely
By peeking carefully before you take a step.
Oh, and don't lift your arms too high
Because you might touch their wrinkled skin
And that sparse, course hair.
And if you keep your breathing really shallow
You won't take more than your share of the oxygen.
That wouldn't be fair, and besides, someone might notice.
And don't ever, ever, mention them. Even in a joke,
‘Cause people in white coats will come and lock you away
In a tiny pastel room with no one to talk to
And nothing to read and give you medicine
And electricity till the elephants
And everything else are just
Shadows on the walls.
Author's Notes: An elephant in the room? Hell no!, there's a herd of them.
Author's Location: Gabriola Island, British Columbia
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