Blind Men and the Elephant
by John Godfrey Saxe
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!” Continue reading
Beauty and glimmer,
The man collects and stores
Decorating to his heart’s delight.
Like a magpie he’s attracted by things,
Elegant things to fill his walls and tables,
Shiny things to clean and display.
Neat things, new things, antique things,
Precious things to fill his home.
To the man he’s building a castle,
He decorates his tomb.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” John 13:35.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” Matthew 28:18-20.
Why does the lonely, lacerated, labile Lupus
leave the pack, limping?
When the lavender is
Why does lui loathe the
lighting of la luna,
Lusting for unillumination
in which to lay low?
Luctationaly to mollify il belly
with small lemmings, with elk leftovers,
With Larix bark and lingonberries,
While the leash lunches
lavish game of moose and caribou?
Polar in winter nightfall,
Lutose, covered in burrs,
Lootching[†] the snowfall,
Longing had a hillside cave in which to lagniappe?
from the hollering leopard
looking whom it can lightningly swallow?
under a larch—
of a woodland?
[*] look + seek
[†] look + watching