The elephant is not like us

It has a trunk


We do not know its secret thoughts

It does not talk to us

It’s not like us


Sometimes it seems quite human-like

Its fondness for a sugary bun

Can lure us into sympathy

But it’s not one of us


All unattended baggage and

All personal effects

Will be destroyed, they said

The elephant found wandering

On platform six was soon secured

A name-tag on its blanket showed

That it was personal effects

And so it was destroyed. And now

The Government has named the date

Elephant Threat Deliverance Day.


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