I sing to elephants. It’s what I do. I sing because I like to, and because I believe my elephant neighbours are comfortable in my singing presence. I sing all the time, and it’s when I sing that I know more precisely how I feel. My own speech never does justice to my thoughts and emotions: always a little clumsy and coarse, somehow inadequate, and inexpressive.
It’s different when I sing. My utterances are more in tune with my intentions.
Illustrations by Meenakshi Subramaniam
First published in Earthlines issue 16