INKPOT: Baby Elephants

By Anna Royle – Creative Writing Editor

I once saw a video of an elephant being born.

It smacked onto the grass like a water balloon

bursting into the world.

Your birth was not as quick.

The past four days, my thumb has been addicted

to the upper volume button of my phone,

the only news received: updates

on the back and forths to the Ulster hospital.

So when I realised, I wont be able to see

your stretched out cocktail sausage fingers,

and scrunched up tissue face

without the stroke of the sun, bouncing off the glass—

It was like waiting for a pineapple to finally ripen,

only to slide the knife down through the crunchy flesh,

finding it stiff, pale and sour.

Published by The Gown Queen's University Belfast

The Gown has provided respected, quality and independent student journalism from Queen's University, Belfast since its 1955 foundation, by Dr. Richard Herman. Having had an illustrious line of journalists and writers for almost 70 years, that proud history is extremely important to us. The Gown is consistent in its quest to seek and develop the talents of aspiring student writers.

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