Will you be within African Forest?
Or the yellow plain of the Savannah?
Sumatra within the bright rainforest?
Within the pages of the Brahmana?
You stand, great bulk towering over all
The creatures of land. Plain or verdant wood.
Should I meet you, I do not intend gall
But as I clasp hand to trunk, brotherhood.
Your family dominates the sunset
Trumpeting the gentle descent of night.
Such a meeting, I would not soon forget
But hold in memory well past daylight.
For the elephant remembers it’s friends.
I offer reciprocity to that end.
This may be the 2nd sonnet I’ve ever written in my life. About elephants! About a third of the way through the month, I decided elephants could pop up. I was trying to avoid the most well-known species for a bit, but I obviously failed earlier with the rhino.
Elephants have two species: African and Asian. The African is the larger of the two, and always has tusks. Each is split into subspecies. All are Endangered in some way.
Elephants, being large enough to hold up magical worlds, eat a lot. Due to the loss of grazing land for their massive
diets, they begin to die out. Elephants show great intelligence, kindness, clarity. The remember medical clinics where they can get help – and help others. They have saved the lives of humans. They are known to mourn their dead in funeral.
This poem is somewhat personal, silly as it may sound, because I have always wanted to meet and befriend an elephant. They are one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.