Fact of Life

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The strange winds, they howl.
The cheetah’s heart thumps,
Too hard, too soon.

While an elephant caught in the path of a rifle,
So precise, so brutal, it made blood
Spill through the skin. And three hours later,
You could find a carcass with two tusks extracted,
Which goes viral in the Facebook world.

And a little girl looks at
The gashed mouth of the elephant
And asks politely from her mother
Whether the tooth fairy had visited
The dead elephant.

Oh innocence, how elephantine are you?

Is there a higher price to pay?