In Africa it is said that a day spent watching elephants in the wild is not counted in the sum of days a person has left to live.
I have witnessed the lives of elephants in Zimababwe, Namibia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana. Alongside them, I felt both small and enormous, all at once.
Now elephants come to me in my dreams and their photographs stare at me from frames on my walls. Words about them leave footprints I follow across blank white pages.
A Kikuyu elder once said to me, “Man and the elephant, they have something together, eh?”
Together. Inhabiting the earth. Lives enlarged.