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Spirit of the Elephant

Lorna is a published writer with a particular interest in narrative poetry, which she finds therapeutic.

spirit-of-the-elephant

Images carved in rock where misty shadows dwell

Amongst the ice-cold beauty of nature’s ancient plain

Your gentle heart reflected in rays of silent whispers

Echoed in the knowledge of countless generations

Residing within a soul whose life breathes wisdom


These icons of the earth move as one united herd

Following the timeless ritual of an ancient matriarch

Where hidden pathways reveal life’s endless wandering

Creating diaphanous clouds that rise in a graceful dance

Of fallen memories reaching out to stir our conscience


Love’s endless devotion resides within the family group

Where trunks entwine in ageless greetings of reunion

Amidst the quiet beauty reflected in their gentle eyes

Held in the tenderness of a mother’s watchful gaze

Moving across the shadows of a shaded crystal stream


This force of nature creates its own eternal mystery

Whose understanding transcends their earthly echoes

Standing on the brink of illusion facing life’s reality

Carried by notes of grief in the wilderness of regret

Shrouding the heart of the forest in a canopy of sighs


Your spirit dips into the inkwell of our existence

Written in the history of nature’s unspoken words

Residing in memories spun in quiet contemplation

Leaving footprints that become part of a journey

That leads us to an awakening of our greater selves

© 2021 Lorna Lamon

Comments

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 12, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

I agree they are indeed to be revered. We can learn a lot from these amazing creatures, in particular how to be kind. Thank you for the lovely comments which I appreciate. Take care.

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 12, 2021:

This is a beautiful poem Lorna. The Elephant is a majestic and wonderful animal. It is also know for it's extreme intelligence. We Revere Elephants here but that does not deter people from mistreating them which is very shameful. Great work. Thanks for sharing.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 12, 2021:

It's so good to see you Denise and thank you for your lovely comments. Blessings always.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on May 12, 2021:

They are majestic beasts, aren't they? This was a beautiful tribute.

Blessings,

Denise

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 12, 2021:

Hi Miebakagh, I agree decorating these elephants enhances their beauty and royalty.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 12, 2021:

Lorna, I assume that is true. But on normal occasions, decorating an elephant seems to add beauty and royalty to the beasts.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 12, 2021:

I think these decorations are connected to religious festivals and many Indian elephants are also connected to Gods.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 12, 2021:

Lorna, I'm always with you, and you're welcome. The kingly regalia the elephant is decorated with seems to be decked with precious stones at odd occasions, right? Much thanks.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 12, 2021:

This is true Miebakagh in many Asian countries the elephant is revered. Thanks for stopping by.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 12, 2021:

Welcome Caroline and I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem. They are wonderful creatures that we need to protect and respect. Thank you for your lovely comments - appreciated.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 12, 2021:

That I agree. It's no wonder that in certain Asiatic or Oriental countries the Elephant is the royal animal dressed with kingly regia.

Caroline Marie on May 12, 2021:

Hi Lorna,

Your poem is so beautiful. I think that elephants are majestic and such sensitive creatures. Great work!

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 11, 2021:

It's good to see you Misbah and what an amazing story. I love the way they care for their young and how wise they are. Thank you for sharing Suzi's photo and for your lovely comments. Take care always.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 11, 2021:

Wonderful piece of poetry, Lorna. Very well composed. Elephants are beautiful creatures. I remember one elephant named Suzi in Pakistan my home country in Lahore zoo. She died few years back and now the zoo has her baby. Suzi had spent more than 25 years of her life at the Lahore Zoo. Lahore Zoo is thought to be the third or fourth oldest zoo in the world.

Thanks for making me remember of Suzi

I would love to share her photo with you

https://i.tribune.com.pk/media/images/1408796-suzi...

Blessings always

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 11, 2021:

I remember writing that poem and thinking will anyone see what I see. I tried to describe the feelings of the elephants combined with our own human failings. I'm glad you enjoyed these poems Farah and thank you for your lovely comments. I hope everything is well with you. You are always in my prayers. Take care.

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 11, 2021:

I remember one of your first poems that I had read, about a spider web, and I was amazed by the way you looked at what would normally be considered as a thing to get rid of...but you looked at it through your passionate and artistic mind. Once again the description of the elephants have amazed me. You always seem to have a way with your words! Loved it, dear Lorna!

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 10, 2021:

I have always been in awe of these majestic creatures Ravi and I am glad they are revered in India. Thank you for your lovely comments and for visiting.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 10, 2021:

Thank you for your generous comments Amara and I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on May 10, 2021:

Wonderfully written Lorna. In Indian culture elephants are very important and are not only revered but also have been used by several great kings of the past. A elephant not only symbolizes power but also responsibility that comes along with that. Great write.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 10, 2021:

I have always been in awe of these amazing creatures MG and man needs to realise that they are our greatest friend. Thank you for visiting and for your insightful comments.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 10, 2021:

I agree Brenda they bring so much joy into our lives and we need to protect them. Thank you for your lovely comments which I appreciate.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 10, 2021:

It's good to see you Chitrangada and I have always loved these wonderful creatures that can teach us so much about ourselves, if only we would listen. Thank you for your insightful comments which I appreciate. I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem.

Amara from Pakistan on May 10, 2021:

what a lovely poem Lorna.. Beautiful..

Thanks for sharing it..

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 10, 2021:

It's good to see you John and it saddens me when I see these majestic creatures being treated so badly. If only we had their grace and humility, this world would be a better place. I appreciate your lovely comments.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 10, 2021:

It's good to see you Linda. Thank you for your generous comments which I appreciate. I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 10, 2021:

I agree Peggy. There is a lot we can learn from elephants that would make us better people. Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 10, 2021:

Always good to see you Pamela. We can learn a lot from elephants and the lives they lead. Thank you for your lovely comments and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 10, 2021:

It's good to see you Miebakagh and I did try to describe their amazing family ties and how they care for their young. I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. Thank you for commenting which I appreciate.

Lorna Lamon (author) on May 10, 2021:

I'm touched by your lovely comments Ann. Elephants are so precious and it breaks my heart when they are mistreated. Thank you for reading and I'm so glad you enjoyed this poem.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 10, 2021:

This is a wonderful article. the elephant is the king in the Indian jungle and herds in hundreds roam. it is also man's greatest friend.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 10, 2021:

Elephants are fascinating. Your words describe it's grace and struggle.

I love the last line.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 10, 2021:

Beautiful poem, highlighting the elephants and their wonderful characteristics. Elephants are considered to have immense wisdom and they live in harmony.

As always, you have carefully chosen words in your well composed poem. Appreciations for a beautiful and creative piece of work.

Thank you for sharing!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2021:

The elephant is a beautiful and majestic creature that we humans can learn so much from. It makes me ashamed to think of the torture the species has had to suffer at the hands of man. Wonderful poetry, Lorna.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 10, 2021:

This is a beautiful and thought-provoking poem about fascinating animals. Thank you for sharing the poem, Lorna.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2021:

Elephants are so cohesive as a group and look out for one another. If only humans were as caring for our own kind, we would have a better world. Your poem is beautiful!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 10, 2021:

I really like this poem, Lorna. I have always been fascinated by elephants, and your poem reflects the unique features of the elephant. The lifestyle and the values of the elephants is truly unique, and this poem says it all.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 10, 2021:

Lorna, thanks for an insightful read. One thing that fascinate me in the poem is maternal character of the elephant. Thanks for sharing.

Ann Carr from SW England on May 10, 2021:

This is beautiful and so well written, Lorna. Your last verse sums up the existence of the elephants, which are my favourite wild animals. There is such wisdom, family values and history in their make-up. Their family loyalty and their depth of emotion is stunning.

Thank you for this wonderful poem. The best I've read for a long time.

Ann

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