Simple Pleasure Poem About Elephants

For my A-Z  Challenge, using the theme, “My Simple Pleasures” with the letter E, I had to think awhile about what pleasure to use for the letter. One thing kept popping into my head. Years ago when I was in the third grade, I learned a poem that I enjoyed reading so much that I memorized it. I read it and quoted it so many times that even now I am able to quote the first six lines of it without even looking. It is such a delightful and humorous poem, I thought it might make someone smile.

So what starts with E and has something to do with my simple pleasures? Elephants. I have a great respect and love for elephants because of their social community and connection with each other, their survival skills, their intelligence and their strength. Since I enjoy poetry, I decided to post a copy of this poem, “Eletelephony” by Laura Elizabeth Richards along with a few my photos of elephants.


  Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the  telephant.
 No! no! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)
Elephant at Asheboro Zoo
Elephant dustbathing at Asheboro Zoo
Elephant dust bathing at Asheboro Zoo .
Elephant dust bathing.
Elephant dust bathing.



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