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Your Daily Elephant: Not Pleased with Us

In the early morning light, on safari in the Linyanti area of Botswana, we disturbed an older bull at his breakfast.  He’s moving toward us, not pleased but not totally threatening; we’re moving away.  Even with everything in motion, there’s this shot.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill
photograph by Cheryl Merrill


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.

5 thoughts on “Your Daily Elephant: Not Pleased with Us

  1. That feeling, the accelerated heart beat, the frisson of fearful excitement as the elephant moves slowly towards you and you are not sure what’s coming next !!

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