African Continent
Ode To An Elephant

By Marjorie DeNaut Abner

Oh magnificent giant of the jungle
Born with tusks of ivory
Instead of your protection
They threaten your extinction
The circus is in town
Remember most the elephants
Instead of the Clowns
Entering the tent with an overwhelming rush
Gliding smoothly whisper soft across the ground
Your great strength and wisdom
Put to use extricating woods of value
So deep within the forest
With love and protection for your family
Let this generation not to be known
To allow your demise
Like the dinosaur don't become
Just a figure in a museum
Or a picture in a book
Silence forever the poacher's gun
Let the elephant be the one who won!

(The poem appeared on