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"Winner of the Open Community Poetry Contest for the period April 1 - June 30, 2017. See commentary below."-Ed.

"Scientists have long considered the ability to recognize oneself in a mirror to be an index of high cognitive ability...there is every reason to suspect that elephants may be capable of far more complex cognition than is currently understood or documented. ”                                           
I used to know what is at the other end 
of the road that goes uphill through 
The trees and 
then down 
I used to live there. 
I want to go back now.
I want to remember what’s down there,
what happens
when you consciously turn left 
instead of right,
but I never do, 
because in reality
I’ve never been there
and it is the mystery 
that nourishes me. 
I have so many bruises on 
so many areas I have never hurt
 and I can’t think 
of any other explanation.
They tell me I have a 
“familiar face” 
and I smile because 
I know. 
I’ve been here before. 
I used to love the full moon,
for I recognized him. 
I have a sense for exactly when 
He will come out. 
I love a crescent moon now, 
because she doesn’t have a face
that I so eerily recognize. 
I used to pity the elephants 
for having such a steadfast memory.
I wonder, now, what they must
look back on when they look 
at me, wittingly. 
I know they will bear me in mind 
when no one else can. 
I have a past life
of which only parts
I am destined to

"Elephants is at once literal and metaphorical so whether the reader is indulging in her love of elephants or probing the mysticisms of previous lives, the reader will be well rewarded. But more to the point, the ending is where the poem is brought to a head and the metaphor is completed. Yet the journey there was delightful and the reader wants nothing more than to retrace her steps."-Ed. 
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