[this poem was inspired by a beautiful report on CBS by Bob Simon entitled: The Secret Language of Elephants, reposted online December 28, 2014, it aired originally on CBS 60 Minutes January 1, 2010 and is an interview with the scientist
"But it turns out that these vocalizations are just a small fraction of the sounds elephants make. Until a few years ago, scientists had no idea that most of what elephants are saying can't be heard by the human ear."
sweet imprints of the childrens' hands
in Plaster-of-Paris adorning the trembling walls-
the elephants trumpet sotto voce and
this is not folklore.
slips through to where
sad angels sing.
lost relatives call in rainbows
from the inside of shells...
the gilded saints break rank from silent prayer.
breaking their restraints, the elephants flood