note:  Satao  is a great tusker murdered May 30, 2014. Photo of Satao ©  Mark Deeble & Victoria Stone .

note: Satao is a great tusker murdered May 30, 2014. Photo of Satao © Mark Deeble & Victoria Stone.

 

June 2014, following Satao's murder,

when I asked out loud if I could bear to feel elephant

with faces hacked off the living for ivory, sorrow threw me to the ground,

heaving and breathless.

 

There is a book about how Satao was so close to God.

And how taking him was like ripping God's eyes out.

 

That book is a short poem in two lines I just wrote

with end notes a thousand lives long.

 

I recoil in this dance at the grave.

Let me listen. And,

if I speak, just enough.

 

in lovemeg

 

 

Photo of Satao © Mark Deeble & Victoria Stone.