Elephants travel hundreds
Of miles to visit their dead.
No one knows how or when
They learned this, something
In their DNA.
And when they arrive, each
Weary traveler gravitates towards
One of their long-deceased relatives.
Slowly, the elephants lower their
Heads, and gently caress
The bones with their trunks.
Then, the outpouring of grief begins–
Loud, drawn-out trumpeting
Sounds, as their large bodies
Sway to and fro while their heavy
Feet stomp the ground.
Echoes of sorrow across generations
Of elephants unburdening
Author: Julieta Corpus
Julieta Corpus has been writing since the age of eleven. She graduated from UTPA with a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She’s been an elementary school teacher for the past eleven years, but has never stopped writing. She’s been published by UTPA”s Gallery Magazine, Tendiendo Puentes, a poetic anthology, Mesqite Review, STCC’s Interstice and Tierra Firme , and in the September 2009 issue of the Mcallen Monitor’s Festiva, Writers Edition. She also organizes poetry readings and is an active member and participant of the Rio Grande Valley Poetry Festival and the San Benito Writers forum. Julieta blames her penchant for the dramatic in her poetry to a life long addiction to Mexican soap operas. And she is a regular contributor to Writers of the Rio Grande