Elephant Bell

It begins to swell, 
the hollow brassy knell

a ponderous tune
in the forest gloom.

An elephant bull
strives in limited room:

first his shoulder lifts,
and the bell rumbles;

then his body shifts 
and the bell tumbles

around his neck,
an extra burden,

a distraction the bull
can never quell.

Kim M. Russell, 11th April 2022
Royalty-free stock photo from Dreamstime

Another Monday and another poem. For Day 11 our challenge is to write a poem about a very large thing. It could be a mountain or a blue whale or a skyscraper or a planet… I love elephants and dug up an old poem to work on today.

6 thoughts on “Elephant Bell

  1. Like cowbells but not. Cows are domesticated and the bell is an honor. This reminded me of the mice and the cat story.
    I too like the Elephants, I feel badly for those whose lives are lost for their tusks. Have you read the book, “Water for elephants?”
    ..

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