Panegyric for Pachyderm: NaPoWriMo 2022, Day 11

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!

13 thoughts on “Panegyric for Pachyderm: NaPoWriMo 2022, Day 11

    1. lifelessons Post author

      And foolhardy at times. That photo was taken in Sri Lanka in 1973. We just came upon this working elephant felling trees and his handler asked if I wanted a ride. At that stage in my life, I never said no. I had a python around my neck the same day.. Glad I did that stuff when I was young. Don’t know if I could get up on an elephant anymore. Shortly after this photo was taken, he headed down the riverbank and into the river. They got me off before I submerged.

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      1. isaiah46ministries

        I plan to blog again, but I am dealing with back pain and will need surgery, But,, I am searching for non-surgical answers, as I finish the semester in my MA classes and I am taking an online class in prophetic preaching, as I have had a couple opportunities to preach lately.



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