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The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe

How many are left?  With no real protection, with rampant corruption, with a continuous conduit to China, I wonder how many in this scrum are still alive.  The thing I love most about this photograph are skin textures: wrinkles and rubs and stains contrasting with the smooth skin on their ears.

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.

14 thoughts on “The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe

  1. Elephant skin
    Is a map
    Of all the places they have been
    All the experiences they have had
    In grey wrinkles,
    And stains.

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