the elephant is slow to mate

The elephant, the huge old beast, 
 is slow to mate; 
he finds a female, they show no haste
 they wait 

 for the sympathy in their vast shy hearts 
 slowly, slowly to rouse 
as they loiter along the river-beds 
 and drink and browse 

 and dash in panic through the brake 
 of forest with the herd, 
and sleep in massive silence, and wake 
 together, without a word. 

 So slowly the great hot elephant hearts 
 grow full of desire, 
and the great beasts mate in secret at last, 
 hiding their fire. 

 Oldest they are and the wisest of beasts 
 so they know at last 
how to wait for the loneliest of feasts 
 for the full repast. 

 They do not snatch, they do not tear; 
 their massive blood 
moves as the moon-tides, near, 
more near till they touch in flood.

~ D.H. Lawrence


My elephant thinks I'm wonderful.
My elephant thinks I'm cool.
My elephant hangs around with me 
and follows me into school. 

My elephant likes the way I look.
He thinks that I'm fun and smart. 
He thinks that I'm kind and generous 
and have a terrific heart. 

My elephant thinks I'm brave and bold. 
He's proud of my strength and guts. 
But mostly he likes the way I smell.
My elephant thinks I'm nuts. 

~ Ken Nesbitt



J Cosmo Newbery said...

Hahahaha! Twice.

gz said...


Lee said...

What wonderful creatures...twice.

And I love D. H. Lawrence!

Lee said...

Now I'm off to make a trunk call...

Sancho said...

A Jumbo Pre-Xmas special! Thank you!

red dirt girl said...


I think my elephant is pretty cool as well ...