In the elephant field tall green ghost elephants with your cargo of summer leaves at night I heard you breathing at the window Don't you ever think I'm not crying since you're away from me Don't ever think I went free At first the goodbye had a lilt to it— maybe just a couple of months— but it was a beheading. Ghost elephant, reach down, cross me over—
From Break The Glass by Jean Valentine. Copyright © 2012 by Jean Valentine. Reprinted with permission of Copper Canyon Press. All rights reserved.