The oceans recede, its pylons exposed. The great elephants rust in the junkyard they fell when Chukwa shifted. Even his severed legs can’t hold up the earth-sky. The sea grass stiffens to a verdant wave, curl exposing the horizon. The ivory house built on the beach (the one with the bench in back where children played and the family picnicked, the one with the red flame corvette idling on the cracked street) disassembles in the winds.
Ponderings on climate change, ocean pollution and climate apocalypse.
The "world-elephants" are mythical animals which appear in Hindu cosmology. The Amarakosha (5th century) lists the names of eight male elephants bearing the world (along with eight unnamed female elephants). They sit atop Chukwa, the Cosmic Tutrtle