An Elephant Phobia

The clouds in the jungle

made things difficult to see

the elephant walks along a path

eating from each tree

A hint of sound came

causing the elephant to startle

stopping at once

the sound is garbled

The sound is close

from a nearby tree

normally he would ignore it

and never let the fruit be

So bizarre

the elephant quickly bolts

a case of kakorrhaphiophobia

an old memory is evoked

A similar tree

had contained a rat

it ran around his feet

engaging in combat

Although in his youth

the incident not forgotten

all fruit from the tree

was rotten

Calming down

relaxing in the river

hungry again

this time the trees deliver

copyright 2021 Debbie Pierce


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