Triolet with Pachyderm

By Hailey Leithauser b. 1954 Hailey Leithauser
I don’t have to outrun the elephant,
I just have to outrun you.
I don’t have to race with a belligerent
ten-point buck, outpace an elephant
in musth. I don’t need to flee a wrathful firmament
or dance with a choleric jackboot.
I don’t have to outrun the elephant.
I only have to outrun you.

Source: Poetry (May 2014).

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This poem originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of Poetry magazine

May 2014
 Hailey  Leithauser

Biography

Poet Hailey Leithauser was born in Baltimore and raised in Maryland and Central Florida.  Over the years Leithauser has worked as a salad chef, real estate office manager, gourmet food salesperson, freelance copy editor, phone surveyor, bookstore clerk, fact checker, and, most recently, senior reference librarian at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.
 
Returning to writing after a break of several decades, her work . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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