Giant Footsteps
By Brian Busta

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Giant Footsteps
By Brian Busta*

Read PAWS saddened by loss of gentle giant Sabu, our oldest Asian bull elephant

In Memory of Sabu
November 1, 1982 to January 11, 2012

dark grey, towering tall.

a mountain walks, on a mountain
steady of pace,
persistent in your course.

every move determined,
every touch without recrimination.

from a life of anonymity,
to a life respected, admired.

with bamboo and trees to munch,
water to splash or float in.

turkeys to chase,
deer to face off to,
and boys to rumble with.

never having known your wild home,
i hope life on the mountain,
lived up to the dream.

silver on white on grey
a presence seen, felt,
and forever remembered.

giant footsteps left in the sand
and in my heart.

*Brian Busta is PAWS' elephant supervisor