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The Elephant in the Room

By: Briana Wasil


To the Elephant in the Room: 

I’m sorry it took me so long to address you; 

You see it wasn’t you I was trying to avoid 

But the hundred other creatures I had to nurture before they escaped still injured for good

Yes, they say there’s an elephant that weighs 

down the room 

But the thing about elephants is that they’re supposed to be 

large enough to spot 

Heavytocarry 

And 

e a s y 

to 

track down 

And yet it feels impossible to notice the elephant in the room with a thousand other critters taking up your time and space in the zoo 

There’s only one zookeeper and no postings til the signs get made 

So now I come back to the elephant in the room; 

And it feels less scary to know that there’s only one of you and one of me

You’ll take longer to nurture and set free 

And during that time there will certainly be more visitors 

But, it’s not so hard when I’m just addressing 

The elephant in the room.

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