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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Seeing the elephant

 An illustration of how it can be hard to know what you've got hold of sometimes...

Update:
This posted comment by Anonymous was so delightful, I'm putting it here so nobody misses it.  And by the way, Anonymous, I know who you are.

A Bit Thick

How sad it is that 'pachyderm'
Has come to be the common term
For thick-skinned people, those we see
Lacking in sensitivity.
Obtuse in interpersonal dealings,
They disregard another's feelings;
They're callous, unsolicitous
And blind to their effect on us.
Impervious to embarrassment,
They get our backs up: we resent
Their cheek, their nerve, their brass, their gall...

But elephants aren't like that at all.
No, they're compassionate, patient, gentle,
Noted for tenderness parental;
Good humour animates their features;
They're one of nature's noblest creatures.
Their thick skin, though a literal fact,
Is figuratively inexact
For sentient beasts that shed a tear
As humans do. So when I hear
The elephant called a pachyderm,
I feel thin-skinned enough to squirm.

2 comments:

  1. I love this elephant ... not sure what part I have a hold at the moment but I am sure the bigger picture will emerge : )

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  2. A Bit Thick

    How sad it is that 'pachyderm'
    Has come to be the common term
    For thick-skinned people, those we see
    Lacking in sensitivity.
    Obtuse in interpersonal dealings,
    They disregard another's feelings;
    They're callous, unsolicitous
    And blind to their effect on us.
    Impervious to embarrassment,
    They get our backs up: we resent
    Their cheek, their nerve, their brass, their gall...

    But elephants aren't like that at all.
    No, they're comnpassionate, patient, gentle,
    Noted for tenderness parental;
    Good humour animates ther features;
    They're one of nature's noblest creatures.
    Their thick skin, though a literal fact,
    Is figuratively inexact
    For sentient beasts that shed a tear
    As humans do. So when I hear
    The elephant called a pachyderm,
    I feel thin-skinned enough to squirm.

    ReplyDelete