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Jail
Jeneva, Age 11, Vancouver, BC

Trunk curled up
Tail too high in the air
I get a headache
Every time
I do it

The highlight
Of my day
Is being
Sprayed down
By the hose

On travel days
I weep
Lumbering
Up the ramp
Smacked on the bum
With a stick
No windows
In sight
Rain splattering
On the metal above

Hours and hours
In the dark
Smelly and hot
I wait
For the doors
To swing open
And the light
To flood in

Waiting to perform
Kept within bars
A chain tied around my foot
Itís jail
For elephants

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