ST. ALBANS, Feb 13 – We humans are capable of great achievement, progress, passion. We are also greedy, nasty and brutal. We are all too often at odds with ourselves for ridiculous reasons. And we are not too kind to other creatures.
Take elephants. They’re like whales – charismatic megabeasts. And we slaughter them. Some people at least eat whales, but elephants? We steal their teeth to sell, to carve, to own, for status. Of course, we protest about it, sign petitions on Facebook and so on. But nothing changes.
It’s not just elephants and whales of course. We all know that. We all know that we are destroying the very nature we depend on for our own survival. Could it be that we are the elephant in the room? It’s an uncomfortable thought. But we have to face it to change our ways.
So here’s one for the tuskers. Our attitude towards them and the rest of Nature will determine our own fate. Don’t look away now …
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM CRIES
A man in China craves my teeth
And so will pay to have me shot
By men with automatic guns
Who will not stop because I’m here
You have to hear my trumpet shrill!
My teeth they crave, my life to take!
I hear the engines of their jeeps …
Of course they’re drunk, they always are
On greed! Your greatest drug of all
Help me! Help! Please hear my cry!
How many more of us must die?
Because a man in China lusts,
To own, to have, to carve my tusks?
Three men with guns burst in on us
RIP! RIP! of shooting fills our room
ZIP! THUD! of bullets sewing doom
A tear of pain in tusker’s eyes
As he succumbs and silent dies
Don’t look away! DON’T! look away
A ‘Made in China’ chainsaw coughs
In a grinning poacher’s bloody hands
A smuggled smoke between in his lips
As chainsaw whines triumphantly
And dentistry for elephants – begins
by R J Askew
(picture credit: www.andybiggs.com)