Tuesday 9 January 2018

The Elephant in the Room

There’s little room to breathe in here

the elephant sucks out all the air
through its massive trunk
and presses the couple to the walls.

They stare into each other,
their eyes message
what their lips cannot say:

there’s an elephant in the room.

There’s little room for elephants here
where villages expand into the plains
and poachers gun down whole herds.

Dying elephants suck air
through flattened trunks
fading eyes hold a message

there’s something we need to talk about here.

Previously published on Gnarled Oak


Jenn Jilks said...

Well written!

Blogoratti said...

Such a delight to read, warm greetings.

Bill said...

I like your linking of the elephants in the saying to the elephants endangered by human greed.

if only I had a room
big enough

Gwil W said...

The elephants have to make room for the 1.5 billion cattle on the planet.