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Where Elephants Go To Die
By Kellie R Huff
Sunday, December 26, 2010

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A coming of age story for both J.D. Worthy and the small town of Irwin, Tennessee at the turn of the 20th century. The Circus comes to town and and with it, a series of events that challenge the ideas of love, honor and justice in this small Appalachian town. Loosely based on the true events of the hanging of murderous Mary, the circus elephant.

 

 

Excerpt from Chapter One:  

When I was very young, I had a recurring dream of my mother.  I don't remember much of her, and much of what I remember is from this dream. It takes place on Main Street, Irwin, Tennessee, on a quiet, quiet morning; a gentle breeze blowing and there she is, far in the distance, down by Emerson's Compounding Pharmacy; skin so fair and dark hair shining in the morning sun.

In my dream, she is riding an Indian elephant, the kind with the small ears. Not the African elephant with the large, swooping ears.  The Indian elephant is draped in brightly colored fabrics and scarves that bellow in the breeze and obscure my view of my Mother, making me slightly irritated. 

Each time, the elephant clumsily lumbers down Main Street.  At first, my Mother's grace and beauty seem in stark contrast to the mighty beast.  But as they approach, as I stand there unable to move, just mesmerized by the presence of her, the elephant's clumsiness seems to flow into a gentleness - as if she and my Mother are swimming down Main Street - unburdened by gravity and enjoying their freedom and new found buoyancy.  Her eyes, so round and deeply dark, seem to radiate knowledge and comfort. 

Now, the elephant and my Mother belong to each other and they move to a rhythm all their own. I feel the heaviness in my chest, but watching the two of them, all I saw was flowing grace, brightly colored beauty and togetherness. My Mother and the elephant passed in overwhelming silence and i stood frozen on the sidewalk, wanting to stop time. desperately longing for sound and touch and all that comes with being awake. 

This was a frequent dream of my childhood.  I fell asleep longing for this dream in the same way I long to stay in it and abide there forever on that sidewalk.  But this story takes place many years later and the dream had long since stopped.

 


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Reviewed by J Howard 5/1/2011
this story seems to expose love, sorrow and grief.
thanks for sharing-
jch
Reviewed by Jessica Pagan 12/27/2010
I love dreams in stories, you can give the reader so much info from a short dream without having to explain anything to them. I like this, it makes me feel sad the fact that he longs for his mum, and longs to stay in the dream to be with her. Very touching.




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