The Elephant Woman

Anticipating social and political emancipation
in Late-Victorian Bristol
Cynthia the Elephant Woman
never wore a bag over her head

she educated herself
taking books off the shelf
on subjects as diverse as architecture
language teaching and the physical sciences

She never hid her ingenuity
to please

She cared not for measure of success
no gongs
and so on

she lived her life fully
took a wife along the way
adopted Elephant Children strays

They exist
yes they do
Elephant People
in communities too
making good the world

They have Cynthia to thank for this
for not holding back
for not wearing a sack
for being the best being
she could possibly be
Way back
in Late-Victorian Bristol

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