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NaPoWriMo Day 11


Today’s prompt is to write a poem about a very large thing.

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your large eyes
reveal wisdom and warning
windows to your soul

your grand ears
flapping, undulating

your trunk
not merely an extended nose
but also a hand
reaching, grasping

your powerful feet
wield pounding pressure
making you the most dangerous animal in the zoo

your might has been harnessed
to transport lumber 
as you lumber through the forest

you labor
faithful servant
accepting affection
but your wise eyes grow petulant
from unending demands
until you finally
crush your oppressor 
beneath your log-shaped legs


Video of the Week #247: B is for Beethoven Concert for an Elephant


Pianist Paul Barton writes:

Mongkol is a 61-year-old former logging elephant. His captive-held life was spent hauling trees in the Thai forest. His body shape is deformed through hard labor, he lost his right eye and tusk in this brutal logging practice. Mongkol was rescued and brought to Elephants World to spend the rest of his days relaxing peacefully in freedom by the River Kwai. I discovered Mongkol is an extremely gentle, sensitive elephant who enjoys music, especially this slow movement by Beethoven which I play to him occasionally in the day and night.

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