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The Elk Poop in Serenity Pond

I wrote this in northern Arizona.

This poem is only published here.

Elk lying down in the woods
Photo by Nicolas Lysandrou

The Elk Poop in Serenity Pond

In the high desert, agave and pines share space

and talk to each other about the elk,

who eat the agave stalk just as it starts

to believe it can reach pine height someday.

The elk mother and father bring the babies

up to the cabin and park beneath the pines

next to the driveway as if they can do anything,

as if they are God, as if we are all the same.

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