Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Seeing the elephant
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.