Dilantha Gunawardana


African Elephant


A rock fortress
In gaze's path of sight
The tenacious titan of the animal kingdom
Drifting through corridors of space and time
Seeping the grace of a celestial angel
The innate serenity of a Dominican friar
The noble poise of a Lusitanian fidalgo
The effervescent spirit of a Kikuyu warrior
An august creature idyllically plodding on the endless savannahs
With an indomitable dominance
Bestowed by the herculean muscle of her dental boughs
As giant elastic flaps flutter in a karmic cadence
To be one with the svelte curves of a buxom Aeolus
As he unleashes his trumpeting voice, a reverberating call
An offering of peace, a plea for compassion
To the callous ears of man, entwined
To the misery of deed's warped exploitation
As humanity gazes through the eye of a needle
Through narrow straits of indifference, in the hollowness of a heartless gun barrel
As a mighty boom silences the call of the wild
The crucifixion of a saint, god's enigmatic envoy
As the chill of apathy drapes the warmth
Of an African summer

Submitted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Edited: Saturday, November 10, 2012

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The Story of how human apathy has spelled the reduction of numbers of the African Elephant

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