Jake Wills

United States, January 1980
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The Topic That Chose Me Today

The topic that chose me today was African Elephants.
Unbidden,
they came
from depths unknown —
I did not plan to ponder Elephants,
and I certainly didn’t intend to write about them.

Yet here they are,
grand, gray, glorious,
trumpeting
and trampling through my thought’s realm,
pushing aside other ideas,
and knocking over the carefully arranged furniture —
Generally making a mess
of the place,
as one might expect
of such titans trapped within
the mind’s limited landscape.

So here I sit,
at the keyboard and computer,
an ethereal door
to the digital wilderness,
open wide,
inviting them to wander
into the vast wilds
whence they came.
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