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Elephants

June 23, 2012
By Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
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The beasts wait
Behind the school
Rumbling
Blinking sideways in the sun
Doors fanning, flapping
To keep themselves cool.
Their breath is hot in the warm air.
Waiting to be loaded,
Kneeling sometimes at the curb,
They shift and stamp impatiently
Brakes squeaking
Because the beasts and their cargo are restless
The sun is getting lower
And they know it’s time to go.
The leader trumpets
in annoyance at an errant jaywalker
who has nearly been flattened-
but nothing can stop the caravan as
it begins to roll forward, the herd thundering,
kicking up dust into the sun
of the concrete jungle.


The author's comments:
I walked out behind the school on the way home and saw six or seven school buses leaving the parking lot in a pack. They made me think of a caravan of some kind of huge animals. I mentally compared them to elephants and this poem was born.

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on Jul. 13 2013 at 1:19 pm
nelehjr DIAMOND, Lingle, Wyoming
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Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

Oh wow! This is so creative! I love it! I hate school busses but I love this! So what'd you write in the hay loft of your grandfather's farm?