The Elephant

by Ava, age 11
The Elephant Ava is eleven years old and attends school at Acton Academy (not an acting school) in Los Angeles, CA. Ava lived in Sri Lanka for 6 months, and one of her poems, The Elephant, is inspired by Sri Lankan elephant festivals. Ava's memoir and book of poetry have been featured in her school's library, and she is currently working on two long stories called Bombs Away and The Beggar.

“A figure looks me right in the eye with a smile on its face
His trunk moves side to side
That is his way of saying hello”

Bright colors all around

People cheering in the moonlight

A figure looks me right in the eye with a smile on its face

His trunk moves side to side

That is his way of saying hello

Dressed in red, yellow, pink, and orange

Drums play and people dance

His trunk moves up and down

That is his way of saying hello

Smells of happiness swarm around me

There is not a single frown to be seen

His trunk zig zags in the air

That is his way of saying hello

The humidity of the place goes around

I grab a cold towel and wipe my face

His trunk swirls all around

That is his way of saying hello

A woman puts a bright purple flower in my hair

It shines as a slight breeze blows on my neck

His trunk dances in the wind

That is his way of saying hello

A man hands me a coconut

I sip it as flavor bursts in my mouth, there is nothing but kindness in this land

I move my hands side to side

My feet up and down

My head zig zagging

And my tummy swirling around

That is my way of saying hello to this beautiful place

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