As humans are right or left-handed, so are elephants right or left-trunked, preferring to grab and wrap one way or the other. One of the ways to determine an elephant’s dominant tendencies is to inspect the underside of its trunk for grass stains on either the right side or the left. But before you do this, make sure you know the elephant and, more importantly, the elephant knows you.
Cheryl Merrill’s essays have been published in Fourth Genre, Pilgrimage, Brevity, Seems, South Loop Review, Ghoti, Alaska Quarterly Review, Adventum and Isotope. “Singing Like Yma Sumac” was selected for the Best of Brevity 2005 and Creative Nonfiction #27. It was also included in the anthology Short Takes: Model Essays for Composition, 10th Edition. Another essay, “Trunk,” was chosen for Special Mention in Pushcart 2008.
She is currently working on a book about elephants: Larger than Life: Living in the Shadows of Elephants.
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