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Moon Ebony
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The Giraffe?

Today you look so sad –
Arms thin around your knees –
Listen, way down in Chad
A gentle giraffe sways

Elegant, graceful, proud,
And, like a sacred rune
On the lake’s back, his hide
Lies shimmering in the moon.

He flutters like a sail,
Glistens, an egret flock,
And all the veldt falls still
As he sets in the rocks.

I know such tales of toks,
Wild kings, ebony queens …
But you’ve breathed too much fog,
You believe only rain.

What shall I tell you of?
The palms, the scents, the shafts …
You’re crying? Listen, love,
The giraffe, the giraffe …

….

(translated from the Russian of Nicolay Gumilyov)
thank you todd.

‘tok’ is a zambian slang form of ‘tokoloshe’.

‘tokoloshe’ can be googled.

That was beautiful.

I wasn’t sure what “toks” were. I’ll have to look it up.

On the lake’s back, his hide
Lies shimmering in the moon.

But you’ve breathed too much fog,
You believe only rain.

So many nice lines and images thank you for sharing it with us.

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