Panegyric for Pachyderm
Which one among us says I can’t
eulogize an elephant?
Oh thou of ears floppily gray,
of thee I have so much to say.
Words invented will not do.
I have to coin new words for you.
Your skin, in fact, is so abundant
that I must call you epibundant.
And other words unbunkable?
Tuskidopherous and trunkable.
Unchallenged monarch of the zoo,
parades aren’t complete without you.
Your trumpet fills the savanna air
to tell the world that you are there.
Rip Van Wrinkle might better name
thee, monarch of the great untame!
And though by any other term,
loxodonta or pachyderm,
we do not know thee quite as well.
in size and fame, you still excel.
For NaPoWriMo Day 11, we are to write a poem about a very large thing. And yes, that is me on the back of that elephant!