#WorldElephantDay Anybody written poetry that features elephants? Artworks and photos welcome, too. I will feature all submissions on my blog today. According to the World Elephant Society. “It is a day to honor elephants, to spread awareness about the critical threats they are facing, and to support positive solutions that will help ensure their survival.”

World Elephant Day

Elephant Ethical poster

is observed every year on 12 August. The day is observed to raise awareness, and bring attention towards the plight of elephants

World Elephant Day is an international initiative co-founded by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and Patricia Sims, the Founding President of World Elephant Society. On this day, they encourage individuals and organizations around the world to work towards elephant conservation.

elephant note stephanie bowgett

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-Stephanie Bowgett

 

Lessons from Elephants

much to learn
from pachyderms

who listen, not knowing,
but hearing, understand

and despite giant size,
display proportionate grace

with seemingly
infinite memory,

make pilgrimages
to show compassion

ignoring time’s sand,
journeying to distant lands
-st

40 elephant Alex

-Alex Guenther

The Room of Cards

Welcome to the Room of Cards –
my favourite room. I’ll show you round.
See all the faces, looking out,
not smiling. No, we’re not sure why.
Maybe a teeth thing? Teeth were
threatening?

All plastic? Yes. Yes, I know –
such wealth. Imagine how it must have been.
All found by plastic miners, and brought here
for their historical significance.

They are significant. And beautiful.

This case puts them into context:
a bag. Yes, plastic, hasn’t lasted well.
Inside, a smaller bag, a purse –
all plastic. Lots of cards, but only
this one with a face on it. A plastic pen.
A plastic wrapper, contents unidentified.

I know. They must have bathed in plastic,
frittered it, squandered it.
Unimaginable wealth…

Anyhow: this is my favourite. See?
A little girl. We don’t get many children here,
but there she is. The word is “zoo” –
who knows what that means? Yes!
Well done. A place for animals.

Think what she must have seen.
An elephant. A lion, perhaps.
Giraffe. And now we look at her,
across the centuries.

It makes me tingle, just to think of it.

-Sarah Connor

The Night Gardener by Amy

 

The Elephantquake

Elephantquake bossed a vast forest.
no rain, all lakes, tanks, ponds,
water holes arid. It thirsts
It searched for water.

It knows of a hidden lake
always full and goes there
to save itself. After five nights
it revelled and splashed in the lake.

Daily it marched upon moonhares,
maimed and wounded them,
on its route to the lake.

One day moonhares met
to save themselves
from the elephantquake
Some said “Abandon this place.”

Others “It’s our ancient home.
Let’s find an alternative.
Let’s see if we can scare off
rampage of elephantquake.”

Some of them said, “We know
of a trick that works
with elephantquake.
we need a sharp person.

A moonhare has a message
for elephantquake. It says
“I come from Moon who doesn’t
want you supping lake as bound

there you kills and maim hundreds
of hares. Lake is forbidden.
Return to your forest home.
“But where’s this Moon, your home? asks

elephantquake “In this lake.
It consoles the survivors
of your rampage.” “Then, let me see him,”
requests the elephantquake.

“Come alone with me, I will
show you.” Moonhare takes it one
night to shows Moon’s silvery
reflection in the lake, says

“Here it is, my home, the Moon.
Lost in meditation.
Move quietly, salute it.
Don’t disturb it and bring wrath.”

Elephantquake sees it as real,
salutes it, leaves quietly,
returns to its forest home.
Hares heave sigh in relief.

-Paul Brookes

Bios And Links

-Amy Raeburn

is originally from north-east Scotland and studied English at the University of Aberdeen. Amy’s poetry has appeared in publications including Cencrastus, Three Drops from a Cauldron, The Poetry Shed, Re-side and Southlight. Amy works and lives in Cheshire in the UK and is a member of the Blaze Poetry Society Stanza in Mid-Cheshire.

-Stephanie Bowgett

is one of the founder members of The Albert Poets in Huddersfield. They have been organising monthly readings and a variety of workshops for twenty six years till temporarily halted by COVID. Her most recent book, “A Poor Kind of Memory” was published by Calder Valley Poetry  https://caldervalleypoetry.com

2 thoughts on “#WorldElephantDay Anybody written poetry that features elephants? Artworks and photos welcome, too. I will feature all submissions on my blog today. According to the World Elephant Society. “It is a day to honor elephants, to spread awareness about the critical threats they are facing, and to support positive solutions that will help ensure their survival.”

  1. Hi I have an elephant poem which i wrote in reponse to a note found in a New York library book. don’t know if this fits the brief Stephanie

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