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Here, white elephants seemed odd to us

Here, white elephants seemed odd to us.
But, so did language, ladypalm, and the
rehearsal of light. We had to learn that
life is nothing more than what you practice.
But do we begin as animal or lofty
ringmaster? In 1903, Edison zinged
Topsy with enough electricity
to cook her to a crystal figurine.

In 2013, cooking and crystal
fire a different pipe (an alternate
elephant) (an altered room), even so,
result’s the same: our lifelong rehearsal
is one in which we topple all aglow—-
a dynamo into the darkest tar pit.