by Rasul Reza (1910-1981 )


They say old elephants
Know when their dying day is approaching.
Some days prior to their death,
Heads bent low and trunks swaying,
They seclude themselves in the loneliness of
the forest,
And there, lying still, await death.
The fear that I should become an old elephant
Has been distressing me lately.

Translated by Aynur Hajiyeva

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