Elephants


Two hundred pounds or more at birth,
You have the biggest ears on earth.

Your mighty trunk, no common nose,
Performs the work of hands and hose.

Your sense of smell and hearing are
Extremely good, both near and far.

Your wrinkled skin is very thick,
A fact from which you take your name
Of Pachyderm (it means the same).

The things you learn are sure to stick—
Your memory proverbial
Is, like yourself, primordial.

Both great of girth and high of height,
Colossal as you are in size,
You're even more immensely wise.

Your massive shape a welcome sight,
The pleasure of your company
Invigorates, enlivens me.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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