Sleeping Elephant Mountains

Reflecting on Mountains at Ojai, California

Like sleeping elephants

they lie, with moonlight

on their monstrous faces,

Around the world

the moon cries, and sinks over

faceless monsters.

blankets of

chamise and oak

draping, dry as heavy hides.

They cannot hide,

their numbers shrink,

bones bleaching in the grass.

They huddle closely,

safe as stone,

tranquil in their timelessness.

Their slumber in

the Serengeti

butchered by the cracking guns.

Evening spreads

a violet quilt gently

over sleeping giants.

Twilight on a

crimson carpet; sadly

the savanna bleeds.


the night wind

sighs, as the mountains sleep.




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