Thursday, April 21, 2016

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[image from google dot com]


LOOK! AN ELEPHANT
His skin so rough,
Or was it her skin, so
Tough; big and gentle looking
With doleful eyes expressing,
The journeys of a circus;
Such is life -
Pages written in with ink of expressing;
A performance becomes a rite of passage
Within reach and within bounds
Of caution;
Sitting up there in the stands
You look, and you gawk,
You leave the circus,
And tear up your ticket,
The keepsake is fresh new understandings,
Becoming memories etched.
LOOK! AN ELEPHANT © gillena cox 2016

Written for Fireblossom Friday: An Elephantine Challenge
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12 comments:

  1. Amen. My kids have never been a circus. I love this take.

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    1. Happy you dropped in to read mine De

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  2. In the zoos and circuses of my youth, their eyes were doleful indeed.

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    1. Thank you for your appreciation Rosemary

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  3. Yes. I watched a film the other night about a circus elephant that was not suited to that horrible way of life (not that any elephant is) - but they made her work anyway, till finally she attacked her trainer, then ran into the streets and, of course, was shot. A beautiful animal, abused, forced to live an unlivable and unnatural life - and then shot. I long for a day when there will be no more wild animals acts. Anywhere.

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    1. Thanks for dropping in Sherry: reminds me of my reading of "Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen" with my book club.

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  4. I have always felt sorry for the elephants at zoo or circuses (actually here in Sweden it's no longer allowed), yet for a child it's a lifetime memory to be close to those beasts.

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation Bjorn

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  5. Thanks for taking part, and sorry to be so late coming around.

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    1. Happy you dropped by Fireblossom

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