Elephant Funeral

The other day I was buzzing around on the internet, admittedly when I should have been working, when I came across this link. All of the pictures were interesting but this photograph was the one that resonated with me the most:

Photo courtesy of Buzzfeed via Anupam Nath / AP

The caption under the photograph reads: A villager offers flowers to a female adult elephant lying dead in a paddy field in Panbari village, India. The elephant was hit by a train and killed while crossing railway tracks with a herd of wild Asiatic elephants.

I thought about the image for a few days. It was beautiful and sad and so on Thursday, while my class was taking their World Lit final, I drafted a poem.*

*This poem is currently out for submission. 

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