Toomai (of the Elephants)

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Have you heard of the dance of the elephants?
I'm not privy myself but

there's a boy that I know whos seen it though
He swears that its real

Don't you ever wonder in the dark?
Its fierce and sad but how would you leave your mark?

As if Mastodon could do the Charleston
As if mammoth could prance

Like a Balinese trapeze
Its a wonderful sight on a starry night

It happened one night when we all slept and he crept out with his old pet he slinked away with an elephant through the brush and the wood and a good way they went
To a place where they danced


Have you heard of the dance of the elephants?
I hope I can see it someday

Theres something thrilling about a giant tilling
His feet through the ground

Toomai oh you're luckiest of all
I bet ou're mostly glad they didn't fall

But the sweetmeat seller
Lent him a tom-tom
A little drum beaten
with the flat of the hand

And he sat down
cross-legged
as the stars
began to come out

all alone
among the elephant fodder
what a great great honor
but there was no tune no words no thought just

and he thumped and he thumped
and he thumped and he thumped
and the more that he thumped
the more it made him happy

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from A Grizzly Scene, released December 3, 2016

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