Summer 2011

Table of Contents - Vol. VII, No. 2

Poetry    Fiction    Translations     Reviews

Nahshon Cook

The Elephant and the Mahout

This evening
I was out to dinner with friends, 
when a mahout
came riding down the street
on a young elephant
who, at the command of its handler,
let off little trumpet bursts from its trunk 
in an attempt to scavenge some income
off of the restaurant’s patrons with its cuteness.--
Which it did! And why not?
People got up from their dinner tables 
with money in-hand, walked outside 
and paid to touch and feed and take pictures with 
this hairy headed, 
thick-skinned baby giant 
whose soft, deep-seeing brown eyes 
were like a grace-given peek into the window 
of how unfathomable a miracle life is. 

© Nahshon Cook

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