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Elephant Walk
by Ronald W. Hull
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Rajan, 60 year old retired Indian logging elephant who occasionally swims in the Andaman Sea

Photo Jody MacDonald National Geographic Magazine, August 2012


 Elephant Walk

I'm on my daily routine walk.
Only solitude, no time to talk.

Though I can communicate very far,
I choose to be silent, during this hour.

My footsteps are heavy upon this place,
so I stick to the trail, with no disgrace.

For if I crush the smallest bud,
it is though I crush, my own flesh and blood.

For these trees are sacred to me,
my source of food and sanctuary.

My place of refuge in my old age,
the place where I can turn the page.

In my younger days, I pulled with might,
tore trees down, as if with spite.

But I was only doing my job.
For the barons that ruled to rob.

I'm on my way to the sea,
where I will bathe and breathe free.

To soothe my aching old bones,
dreaming of places we once called homes.

Those days are gone, but I am lucky,
they saved this place for me to be.

For without wild places like this,
I'd be gone and forever missed.

Copyright 2012 © Ronald W. Hull

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Reviewed by Jon Willey 8/24/2012
"Elephant Walk", a sanctuary and an aged pachyderm - the pachyderm and the sanctuary are of significance in the scheme of things - for the good of mankind, may they long endure - empathetic and alarming all in one Ron - may peace and love be with you my dear friend - Jon Michael
Reviewed by Ed J. 8/23/2012
A wonderful contemplation and a lesson mankind has long forgotten.

Stay well and keep writing

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/22/2012
So nostalgic and amazingly touching. Yes this is the kind of place for retirement.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 8/21/2012
I have a den decorated in jungel fashion..and a huge artwork of an elephant..they are amazing as is your poem!
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/20/2012
Love the touching empathy here, Ron, which actually brings tears to my eyes. This is so believable and the way you conjure both greatness and gentleness in equal measure whilst maintaining tight control of rhythm and metre is admirable. xx
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 8/20/2012
Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/20/2012
'long live the weeds and the wilderness yet'
not only for the brave and noble Rajan but for all our sakes;
this is a delight to read, Ron, a delight

Reviewed by Laura Fall 8/19/2012
i agree with the other reviews Excellent writing indeed Laura
Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader) 8/19/2012
So well written and very well taken. An excellent image painted as to the life of the elephant and what each thing means to him. Every line important..Every line touching toward the answer "I'd be gone and forever missed"...

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 8/19/2012
your image selection beautifully captures the mood
and tone of your lovely poem Ron
& you are so true they would be forever missed

Ivory Jewels & Secret Pathways
Reviewed by jude forese 8/19/2012
a interesting personalization of the elephant ... at least wherever he travels his trunk is always ahead ...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/19/2012
Blessed are the wild places and the wild beasts who these days often seem much wiser than we humans.
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 8/18/2012
Beautifully written...:)best wishes,neerja
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 8/18/2012
Excellent transformation to a distant place and time via your imagery, Ron
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 8/18/2012
Thanks for the beautiful walk
with such stately beasts, but
most of all *Ron* your very
heartfelt light on the path

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 8/18/2012
wonderful ron i really enjoyed this walk.
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 8/18/2012
The first thing coming to mind was Henry Mancini's Elephant walk :)

What a wonderful place this would be to inhabit Ronald, a marvelous testimony to these giant creatures

Love and Light
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 8/18/2012
We seem to be saving all the "endangered" species except mankind.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/18/2012
Kinda of a metaphor for a humans life as well...e
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/18/2012
What kind of world do you want to retire to? I want to retire to a place like that. Primal. Pristine. Serene. Quiet and free.

Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 8/18/2012
What a great thing you've got going on! I truly enjoyed this!

Love ya!

Reviewed by Darrell and Kathy Adams 8/18/2012
I never thought like an elephant before but you have brought me to a place, a point of view, where maybe I have an inkling. Well done. Be well, Kathy
Reviewed by Odin Roark 8/18/2012
A touching testimonial to not only the elephant's value to our sense of wonder and respect, but to all the species that face similar isolation and or irresponsible death blows. I'm reminded of the whale as well. Thank you for such a sensitive rendering.
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