A Manatee and an Elephant
I pulled a blue crayon from a deep sea.
A grey crayon surfaced into a manatee.
Slowly he paddled in currents of colors.
Green crayons for forest, earth’s covers.
In a cloud of rust, an elephant is praying.
Manatee listens to all this grey is saying.
Upon water, Manatee catches his breath.
He is a river mammal, shallow his depth.
Elephant has lost his family once again.
Man is his only predator, not his friend.
He lifts his trunk into the rainforest air.
A mighty giant feels his heart’s despair.
Looking up, his whiskered chubby face,
Manatee invites Elephant to enjoy his space.
Elephant smiles and enters the sun streams.
The river has a way of capturing all dreams.
They talk for ages, these mammals of grey.
Each one listening to what the other has to say.
It seems that history has brought them together.
They are so alike, these greys of great measure.
Both endangered, they honor our planet of color.
They are gentle greys, they cherish their Mother.
Tender their ways, they bathe in the rainforest rain.
They speak of how we can teach a world to remain.
For all that remain hopeful and mindful of another,
Will find their way in a world with the same Mother.
It is not easy being a child orphaned by man’s hands.
It is so important for us all to learn to fully understand.
We are not alone, and we never, ever, ever, will be.
We are as important as water for the fish of the sea.
I pulled a blue crayon from the deep sea.
I learned that there is more to life, than just me.
Kathy Paysen 2014
"Rainbows in the Rainforest Collection"
February 26, 2009, Internet Poetry, EveryAuthor.com
Educational poetry for the world we live in