Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by doloresf1, May 31, 2008.

  1. doloresf1

    doloresf1 New Member

    Sis's thread about the grizzley bear reminded me of your story about your encounter with your elephant friend. I cannot recall which thread that was on, but I for one would love to read your story again.

    If you remember the thread and have the time, would you please bump it back up so we all can enjoy it again?

    Thanks, Rafiki.

  2. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    How nice of you to think of that encounter. I have tried to think what that thread was about but can't. Maybe it will come to me. If it does, I'll be sure to bump.

    Thanks again for thinking of "my" elephant :~)

  3. doloresf1

    doloresf1 New Member

    I think you posted that story around the time (or just before the time) when someone posted their drawing of an elephant in their profile. My memory is really bad right now.

    Maybe someone will think of it and bump it. That would be really nice! I truly felt like I was right there on the road with you and the elephant. So vivid a picture! Maybe sometime you will tell it again.

    Have a nice Sunday,
  4. budmickl

    budmickl New Member

    I moved it to the top for you guys. I love that story too.

  5. doloresf1

    doloresf1 New Member

    Thank you so much!

    It's a wonderful story. I enjoyed reading it again!

  6. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    for bumping my elephant. Hmmm, that could be dangerous :~)

    I remember now, it was 4Everkids fantastic elephant art. How could I forget!

    I hope everyone is having just the Sunday they would wish to have!

    I leave you with John Godfrey Saxe's ( 1816-1887) version of the famous Indian legend of 6 blind men (or men of the dark) and an elephant.

    It was six men of Indostan
    To learning much inclined,
    Who went to see the Elephant
    (Though all of them were blind),
    That each by observation
    Might satisfy his mind.

    The First approach'd the Elephant,
    And happening to fall
    Against his broad and sturdy side,
    At once began to bawl:
    "God bless me! but the Elephant
    Is very like a wall!"

    The Second, feeling of the tusk,
    Cried, -"Ho! what have we here
    So very round and smooth and sharp?
    To me 'tis mighty clear
    This wonder of an Elephant
    Is very like a spear!"

    The Third approached the animal,
    And happening to take
    The squirming trunk within his hands,
    Thus boldly up and spake:
    "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
    Is very like a snake!"

    The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
    And felt about the knee.
    "What most this wondrous beast is like
    Is mighty plain," quoth he,
    "'Tis clear enough the Elephant
    Is very like a tree!"

    The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
    Said: "E'en the blindest man
    Can tell what this resembles most;
    Deny the fact who can,
    This marvel of an Elephant
    Is very like a fan!"

    The Sixth no sooner had begun
    About the beast to grope,
    Then, seizing on the swinging tail
    That fell within his scope,
    "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
    Is very like a rope!"

    And so these men of Indostan
    Disputed loud and long,
    Each in his own opinion
    Exceeding stiff and strong,
    Though each was partly in the right,
    And all were in the wrong!


    So oft in theologic wars,
    The disputants, I ween,
    Rail on in utter ignorance
    Of what each other mean,
    And prate about an Elephant
    Not one of them has seen!

    Peace out!
  7. Toga

    Toga Member

    What an absolutely fantastic poem. I love it. I tried to cut and paste so I could save it but can't figure out how to do it.

    I would love to share this with some friends and family.

  8. doloresf1

    doloresf1 New Member

    Thank you again.

    Peace to you also,
  9. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    Elephants are Eager to Engage you
    they Enter Each Encounter with Elan
    Ever Entertaining and Enchanting
    Embrace Every Elephant that you can

    From a little book of doggerel I wrote long, long ago for a niece to help her learn her ABCs. This was, of course, E.



    ETA some caps on missed E's

    [This Message was Edited on 06/02/2008]