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Your Daily Elephant: A Stray Hair

A stray hair against a blue sky, the tips of eyelashes, hair around tusk, and on trunk.  Wiry hair, soft hair.  African elephants are surprisingly hairy, especially when you’re this close.

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.

7 thoughts on “Your Daily Elephant: A Stray Hair

  1. I like how observant you are 🙂 most people look at something and just get ‘oh look an elephant’. I like how you notice the rebel strands of hair here and there. What an awesome picture as well.

  2. Just beautiful. I could not believe how bristly their hair can be. I had the opportunity to play with a baby when I was 17. He loved having his head scratched.

      1. It is. That baby was very playful. She grabbed my leg with her trunk wanting to pull me around. As I pushed myself away from her, hands on her head, she played tug of war with me and then let go with me ending up on my butt and laughing!

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