General Poetry posted August 1, 2016

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Elephant's Song

by Just2Write

An elephant doesn't forget, that is true -
but it lives in the present, the land of today.
All memories old, and those that are new
are stored in their brains where they always will stay.

Though it's said some can dream, and it's certain they do,
with their hopes of tomorrow, they let come what may;
and browse the savannah without much ado
as they follow the herd when it migrates away.

They traverse the trails that are centuries old -
the ones that they learned when their mothers were young.
They march to the wendings and windings of time
and share with their fellows an elephant's song.

But never, oh never, do elephants turn
or look back on the road from whence they have come;
for the past is the past, and they'll never discern
a change in their future from what they have done.

The road is uncertain, and life takes its pace
from the harshness of hunger, and hopes lost to thirst.
The elephant faces tomorrow with grace;
they'll dream of their future, but today must come first.

The past is the past, and is never today.
They live in the present and let come what may.

Animal Sense writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a rhyming poem, using an animal to convey your point of view on a serious issue.


There are some repeated phrases here, and I know about them.

My most sincere thanks for the use of this wonderful photo: My family. - by Supergold on FAR.

I have no idea what the form or style this poem is - I just let my muse have his way. He's been finicky of late, and so... I'm humouring him.

savannah - a grassy plain in tropical and subtropical regions, with few trees. Savannah Elephants are the largest of elephants and are distinguished with exquisitely huge ears.

Wending - to pursue or direct. Wend (went)

Elephant's song - Scientists find elephants 'sing like humans' - but at a frequency so low we can't hear them.

The contest rules:
Write a rhyming poem, using an animal to convey your point of view on a serious issue.

Pays one point and 2 member cents.

Artwork by supergold at

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