Ngorongoro Crater



A wise man once told me
that this is where elephants come to die.
It makes sense---there are no herds
Just solitary tembo.

Humans think
that it is sad to die alone.
It is a weakness. We crave reassurance.
Adoration. Acceptance.
Until the moment our soul
breathes its very last breath.

It is strange that we place so much importance
on our departure into darkness.
The wise old elephant must be laughing
at our pre-planned, pre-paid, flowery send offs.

For he is not afraid like us
to die alone.
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Submitted on May 01, 2011

Modified on March 20, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AXXA XBCCXX CDXX DB
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 479
Words 89
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 6, 4, 2

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My name is Theresa, I love to write and read poetry. My favourite poet is Billy Collins. I am mainly inspired to write by everyday happenings or feelings, and I often write with some humour or sarcasm. My travel experiences have also influenced my writing, some of my favourite places to travel have been Cuba, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa. I was born in Canada but I am now living and teaching in the Middle East. Please feel free to leave comments or suggestions on any of my poems. more…

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