Plus a small pebble on top of her head. She’s at a mineral lick in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, home to the Presidential Elephants. There are eight elephants in this picture; they fill the entire background. What looks like a small bite is gone from her ear. Elephants often have ragged edges on their ears, torn by branches and thorns.
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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.