Thursday, April 21, 2016

NaPoWriMo 2016, Day # 21 ~~ an Elephant Tribute


Unemployed before her time

I have a little elephant
follows me and goes where I go

Her name is Asia, Asia Dear 
works for the circus, paints her heart

Now unemployed before her time
Pseudo elephant lovers won

Painting's her delight, follows me
Street painters to be, spare a dime?

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Photos and Poem Copyright © 2012 and 2016 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
(Photos previously published on Jim's Little Blog, December 19, 2012, for these and more circus elephants, go to

I'm linked with Fireblossom at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads ( Her words of instruction are: "Write anything, as long as it is new for this prompt, and has an elephant or elephants as an important focus of the poem."

(1) Barnum and Bailey Circus is pulling its elephant show in deference to animal protection groups' pressuring.  I am all for animal protection however these were some of the most respected animals in all the circus.  Why just the elephants?  What would a circus be without its animal shows?
(2) I wasn't able to finish my Poem a Day for the month of April.  Personal responsibilities have cut way into my blogging.  But I have an intense liking for elephants and wanted to write this one. 

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At Friday, April 22, 2016 3:05:00 AM, Blogger brudberg said...

I think it might be a sorrow for those few elephants that for the few elephants that were born into circuses the change might be painful... but in general it goes against the nature of those animals so much... But I do understand the sentiment.

At Friday, April 22, 2016 6:42:00 AM, Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Without its animal shows a circus would be Cirque du Soleil, a magical spectacle of extraordinary human skill and artistry.

At Friday, April 22, 2016 9:52:00 AM, Blogger Hannah said...

I'm so glad elephants are more an more banned from being circus animals...they're too smart for that.

At Saturday, April 23, 2016 9:26:00 AM, Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

I love this take on the prompt :D

At Sunday, April 24, 2016 2:54:00 PM, Blogger Fireblossom said...

I saw a thing on tv about elephants who paint. It's pretty fascinating.


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