An Elephant Poem


Ah, the elephants
Swinging their trunks,
Then dangling along in the dirt.
Two giants, side by side
Moving to one another,
Slowly, slowly, remembering.
One trunk goes up against
The other’s head, listening,
Sensing, transmitting
Memories from long ago.
Their eyes are dark.
They center themselves in an
Elephant universe,
Elephant time.
Feeling so deep it shatters
The isolate skies.
They stand and look,

Making us remember
Deep within ourselves,
Our own elephant lives.
A world of elephants.
Unspoken words where
There is no speaking,
Only silent, deep emotions
And turnings of the
Universal heart.

James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of eleven non-fiction books, available in paperback of ebook format from your favorite online bookseller.

His latest is “Capricorn & Cancer“, a story of love and marriage, life and death, and a way forward amid the pandemic.

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