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Today’s Haiku (February 27, 2020) | Blue Willow Haiku World (by Fay Aoyagi)

梅の香や象に踏まれてみたくなり  岡村知昭

ume no ka ya zô ni fumarete mitaku nari

scent of plum blossoms–

I just want to be trodden on

by an elephant

Tomoaki Okamura

Fay Aoyagi translation

from ‘Haidan,’ (‘Haiku Stage’) a monthly haiku magazine,  January 2017 Issue, Honami Shoten, Tokyo

Source: Today’s Haiku (February 27, 2020) | Blue Willow Haiku World (by Fay Aoyagi)

Rochelle Owens: Devour Not the Elephant :: Poems and Poetics

Rochelle Owens: Devour Not the Elephant

Poaching scene
crime scene  carcasses of
dead rhinos and Savannah elephants
Precious the ivory tusks and horns
cut off  severed
Two from a bull
raw and bleeding holes gouged
into Jumbo’s face
Swollen  infected the wounds
every day bears the data
Data of body
feces  hair and nails  yellowish-white
bones push to the surface
In the green of leaves  Earth
Air  Fire  Water
          *
What is property?
property is the body  Ears  Trunk
Feet
The face half-severed  precious
the ivory tusks and horns
Property is the body
mutilated  burned  Ears  Trunk
Feet
Ears like human fingerprints
none are the same
Flapping their ears
blood circulates in the head
ears the shape of Africa
Two long pointed teeth stick out
of the mouth
The trunk is like a human arm
or the fingers of a hand
picking berries
Elephant corpses found drifting
In a creek  yellowish-white bones
Push to the surface
In the green of leaves Earth
Air  Fire  Water
What is property?  property
is the body  a human arm or hand
My mother was sold
from me \when I could
but crawl
                      *
Among the stalls
piles of ivory trinkets  bangles
and beads
Rows of Ivory carvings
of maidens  monks  and birds
Carcasses of dead rhinos
and Savannah Elephants  carcasses
stripped of their skin
Burned  mutilated  saleable parts
hacked off
Ears  Trunk  Feet
the horns and tusks ground up
my body the bread  my blood the wine
*
Disturbingly informative
an elephant savaged by poachers
Poison in the rivers
poison in the arrow heads  following
the dying animal around
Following the dying animal around
every day bears the data
Data of body  body of data
property is the body mutilated  burned
carnal/spiritual
In the green of leaves  Earth
Air  Fire  Water

 

Source: Poems and Poetics: Rochelle Owens: Devour Not the Elephant

Nairobi National Park, Kenya | Andrea’s Vacation

Nairobi National Park, Kenya

Source: Nairobi National Park, Kenya | Andrea’s Vacation

BEGINNING AWARENESS: APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT PEOPLE Part I Thula Thula and Chobe | RUIN AND BEAUTY

Saturday, February 11, 2017, Topanga California At the very end of December 2016, I returned to Africa with Cynthia Travis and Matt Meyer to meet with the Elephant People who teach us so much by wh…

Source: BEGINNING AWARENESS: APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT PEOPLE Part I Thula Thula and Chobe | RUIN AND BEAUTY

Elephant Memories | TOM CLARK

Wasin is approximately two weeks old. Carers replicate an orphaned elephant’s lost family with a human equivalent, providing 24-hour care. This includes regular milk feeds, travelling with them as a group during the day and sleeping in a stable with them at night to provide reassurance: photo by Michael Nichols/National Geographic via The Guardian, 12 August  2014

TOM CLARK.

D. H. Lawrence / The Elephant Is Slow to Mate

The elephant, the huge old beast,
     is slow to mate;
he finds a female, they show no haste
     they wait

for the sympathy in their vast shy hearts
     slowly, slowly to rouse
as they loiter along the river-beds
     and drink and browse

and dash in panic through the brake
     of forest with the herd,
and sleep in massive silence, and wake
     together, without a word.

So slowly the great hot elephant hearts
     grow full of desire,
and the great beasts mate in secret at last,
     hiding their fire.

Oldest they are and the wisest of beasts
     so they know at last
how to wait for the loneliest of feasts
     for the full repast.

They do not snatch, they do not tear;
     their massive blood
moves as the moon-tides, near, more near
     till they touch in flood.