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The Elephants

a buck fifty

Mercedes Eng

installation shots of Mercedes Eng

500 dollars

500 trees

500 lakes

500 guns

500 blankets

500 bars of soap

500 textbooks

500 buffalo

500 women

I can’t count how many children

Mercedes Eng teaches and writes in Vancouver, unceded Coast Salish Territories. She is the author of Mercenary English and Prison Industrial Complex Explodes. This poem was written in 2011, on the occasion of another colonial birthday celebration, the City of Vancouver's 125th year of occupation.

This originally appeared on July 1, 2017