Sheena Blackhall

Gold Star - 6,611 Points (18/8/1947 / Aberdeen)

The Elephant Poem - Poem by Sheena Blackhall

If you see a jumbo flying over Sumnavoe
Don't treat him like a leper or an alien UFO.
Please don't write letters to the Times, or text an air controller
If, high above Auld Reekie's roofs, he lights up a Corolla.

If he coughs and sneezes, do not censor him or scold—
Remember he's from India and quite abhors the cold.
Though he trumpets out Aida as he skydives over Mull
It's kinder on the listener than 'Messiah' from a gull;
Don't shatter his self confidence, as only men can do,
By suggesting he'd be better in safari park or zoo.

If you see an elephant who's sitting on a cloud
Don't frighten him by shouting that it shouldn't be allowed —
Send him a sprig of marigolds tied up with a balloon,
Champagne and plates of strawberries, to feast upon at noon,
For elephants are friendly things but very very shy
So wave to him and smile if you should see one floating by!

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 14, 2010

Poem Edited: Sunday, February 14, 2010

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