Thursday, July 5, 2018

"Advice from an Elephant" by Mary Soon Lee

"Gray and Wise" Watercolor on Paper
By J. Artemus Gordon
Advice from an Elephant
Mary Soon Lee

Gray is beautiful.

Value the middle path,
neither black nor white,
all or nothing.

Don't hide your age.
Old women are the best leaders.

Cherish your sons,
but let them leave
when they are grown.

Stop worrying about your weight.

Those who are strong
should dig water holes
that others may use.

Remember where you came from
and how to return there.

Poet's Notes:   I think this poem was triggered by an entry in The Daily Poet, a book of writing prompts by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano that I often dip into at the start of my writing day. I don't like to feel under pressure to write to a given theme but I'm happy to get suggestions. I think seven of their daily prompts have directly inspired poems of mine. No doubt other prompts led me down wandering paths to poems far removed from the original suggestion.  Also, I'm fond of elephants and always spend a little extra time watching them when I go to the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Editor’s Note:  Mary has certainly captured the Zen of the Pachyderms here.  What a clever conceit for use in imparting such valuable poetic wisdom!

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