Alan Reed


Alan Reed
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White Gold - Kenya 1996

I stood there half broken and sated with tears
On burnt Ivory sticks made black over years
This was the site of just one battle
Slaughtered they were but unlike our cattle

Nairobi was said to have stunted the trade
What an awful spot this picture had made
Where the proboscides were herded
And all ultimately murdered

They screamed as they bled
Each driven nails in its head
Their faces scythed to pieces
Tusks torn out and it in no way ceases

CITES was created to protect the creature
Initially winning was its popular feature
Over one ...

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