By Perrin Carrell

Someone asked if Indian elephants

were born with the instinct to dance

and the answer was no.

The answer was they were trained to do it.


the elephants,

after being released from captivity,

having learned to dance,

are sometimes spotted

in clearings in the jungle

dancing alone at night.


Perrin Carrell's poems and essays are published or forthcoming in The Exquisite Corpse Annual, GC Advocate, elephant journal, and New Wave Vomit, among others. He is earning an MFA at Columbia College Chicago. Additionally, Perrin is the founder and director of www.allwritethen.org, a community published poetry journal.

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