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“I WANT”, DECLARED THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM


by Sonali Deuskar Gurpur


I was wandering through

My brand new home

And did a double take

Adjacent to the doorway

Leading out of the hallway

Was another door

One I’d never seen before

Or perhaps hadn’t noticed


On the door was a silver grey banner

With a little elephant in black outline

That had a pink petunia on its head

Behind him in a procession

Were lined up the letters

I WANT in a nice large font


I reached out for the doorknob

And mindlessly turned it anti-clockwise


Then it started

A trickle first

A trinket or two

A big box of chocolates

From the chocolatier new

A stuffed baby giraffe

In a tux, so handsome

A rug for my room

That cost a king’s ransom

A boom box that boomed

Too loud to bear

The kiss for Snow White

That dislodged the pear

A porcelain dove

With beautiful eyes

A stork, a bear

A harmonica that flies

The leaky faucet

From the Lacrimose Co.

Now with a nice fat stopper

To end its woe

Luggage that looked like

It’d been around the world

An exquisite desk

Of rosewood burled

Suddenly I stood in a room

Chock-ful with answered prayers





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