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Triolet with Pachyderm

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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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