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Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm a poet and writer

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in magazines,

anthologies and online.

tirath's elephant

Tirath’s Elephant

An elephant is as an elephant does,

tirath's elephantso what does an elephant do?

Slips on a beanie and spotted bikini,

and tiptoes away from the zoo.

 

An elephant is as an elephant dreams,

so what does an elephant dream?tirath's elephant

Of white sandy beaches. Surfboards and peaches.

Of floating away in a stream.

 

An elephant is as an elephant fears,

tirath's elephantso what does an elephant fear?

Fire-breathing ants and carnivorous pants.

A zookeeper creeping too near.

 

An elephant is as an elephant eats,

Tirath's elephantso what does an elephant eat?

Butterfly cupcakes and frozen bee thick shakes.

Mammoth-sized marshmallow treats.

 

An elephant is as an elephant feels,

so what does an elephant feel?

As free as the stars that twinkle round Mars.

The strength of a heart made of steel.

 

An elephant is as an elephant hears,

tirath's elephantso what does an elephant hear?

The screech of a tram, a car door slam.

The sound of a zookeeper’s cheer.

 

An elephant is as an elephant sees,

so what does the elephant see?

tirath's elephantThe zookeeper’s head all sweaty and red.

‘Don’t worry. He’ll never catch me!

2 thoughts on “Tirath’s Elephant

  1. Dear Alys,
    Thank you for naming this loveely poem after me and it is so kind of you to dedicating it to me. When I read, I felt so special.
    I love this poem so much.😂😂😂 I like the way you have done about what elephants do. This poem was fantastic.👍👍👍 and also very funny.😂👍😂 You made my day my posting this. Thanks a lot.

    Reards TIRATH

    • Glad you liked it Tirath! It was lots of fun writing a poem about elephants but goodness me it took a long time, didn’t it?! Elephants are very special animals, so I understand why you love them so much. And congratulations on graduating from the Children’s University! Wow. What an amazing ceremony.🎓🎓🎓🎓🏆🏆🎪🎶 Alys

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