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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6 thoughts on “Hole in her Ear: Your Daily Elephant”
Is that her leg or her trunk?
Yes, Millie, it’s her trunk. Thanks so very much. I’ve fixed the post!
or evidence of a bullet hole . . .
No Quiall, the elephant is Morula, and the hole is where Jabu caught her ear in his tusk. Elephant ears are often jagged and torn at the edges, because they are as thin as silk. The hole no longer exists, she caught it in thorns and now her ear is jagged in that spot.
Thanks for clearing that up. whew!