In support of elephants

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Reading from the anthology of poems A poetry of Elephants at Ways with Words, Dartington in aid of the care of orphan elephants in Kenya, a need created by the ivory hunters.

 

 

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Elephants and the poetry of elephants

I am delighted to have two poems included in Becky Gethin’s anthology featured on her website and reposted here:

A Poetry of Elephants

If you press this – A Poetry of Elephants –  you will find our anthology of elephant poems. So here’s huge thanks and grateful hugs to all the many contributors: I never envisaged so many lovely poems would  respond to my call-out!  Twenty four poets have sent twenty nine poems in about a fortnight. Please feel free to share this with anyone and everyone.

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When I went to Saba Douglas-Hamilton’s inspiring talk about her organisation ‘Save the Elephants’ she said that we should all do what we can and that made me think of putting together a collection of elephant poems to explore ways in which elephants are a vital part of our culture even though we are not living in elephant habitat. A week ago Kenya set fire to 11 pyres of elephant tusks which I read represents 30 miles of elephant, standing trunk to tail.  I desperately hope that was the right thing to do but it is a hugely significant symbolic gesture on the part of the Kenyan government. If only governments both European, Asian and African just said No to dealing with those countries who harm elephants.

I do hope this works, that you can see this and that you like it. Amazing to see what elephants mean to us all.

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I shall also be sending this to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (they have asked me to do so)  just so that you know.  Also, the Born Free Foundation and Save the Elephants.   Now we just need to find the poachers’ facebook pages and our poems will have the whole problem knocked on the head.

 

 

A Poetry of Elephants can be found at http://issuu.com/rebeccagethin/docs/a_poetry_of_elephants_0ef74ad25cc6bc?e=24753786/35494689