An Old Fashioned Animal Tale

An Old Fashioned Animal Tale

I saw an elephant herd surrounding, protecting
a baby elephant
on their journey to a well known watering hole

I saw a herd of adults surrounding, protecting
a child
in a line up to a well known doughnut shop

I saw an ornate metal emerald elephant mother and child
in a park
a man
lying underneath the mother elephant
He was neither napping nor dead

Some young are put outside the herd to protect the adults

Some young leave the herd for the outside
possibly joining a herd, possibly not

I prefer the old fashioned elephant way
the herd surrounding, protecting
the young
on their journey to the waterhole
fresh air
homemade dust
natural views

A doughnut shop along the way would be delightful
but not necessary


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