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Enormous gentle beast
Equals man's compassion.
Each has powerful strength,
Ears that have massive size.
Elongated nose helps
Enrich all its senses.
Earth's largest animal.

Pleiades E Poetry Contest
Sponsor Kim Merryman

Compassion and Altruism:
Compassion is not reserved for offspring alone in elephant society. Elephants appear to make allowances for other members of their herd. Observers noted that one African herd always traveled slowly because one of its members had never recovered from a broken leg. And in another case, a park warden reported a herd that traveled slowly because one female was carrying around a dead calf. 

One perplexing report was of an adult elephant making repeated attempt to help a baby rhinoceros stuck in the mud. She continued to try to save the baby rhino despite the fact that its mother charged her each time. Risking her life for the sake of an animal that is not her own, not related to her, or even her own species is remarkably altruistic in nature.

While there is a great deal more to learn about what elephants feel, such accounts are astonishing. They reveal a creature that is compassionate, weeps, revels, rages and grieves. They lead us to believe that the depth of elephant emotional capacity knows no limit. They are striking for they suggest that elephants act on feelings and not solely for survival. They are highly intelligent creatures. They are the largest land animal.

Copyright © Connie Marcum Wong | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 9/26/2016 12:39:00 PM

    Thank you for posting my friend. Excellent.........A.M.
  1. Date: 9/26/2016 7:47:00 AM

    Excellent write on Wonderful creatures. I always love them. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing it.
  1. Date: 9/25/2016 10:56:00 PM

    Couldn't help revisiting...I love the quote of sacred book above, it links so well with what I wrote on elephant and it seems both poems side by side complement each other!When I see elephant I see only the lord there. My house is filled with his images. Hugs Sunita :)
  1. Date: 9/25/2016 8:16:00 PM

    I really had liked yours and thought it should place higher. Congrats, Connie. What will you do with F word? heehee. Me,I will probably do my obsession: FOOD
  1. Date: 9/25/2016 12:13:00 AM

    haha, I just love it Connie, everything you did here. A remarkable creature. LINDA
  1. Date: 9/24/2016 11:09:00 PM

    Wouldn't it be great to spend time with elephants or an elephant without compromising their life / domain? I've always been drawn to them for the reasons you wrote (very interesting!) In a piece of fiction, later a movie (can't remember name), a circus elephant was tied up every night to a stake. Each night she pulled out the stake, found and drank all the lemonade, then returned to her stake and put it in the ground! A very good, heart felt ditty (hey, Jean used same word) ... CayCay
  1. Date: 9/24/2016 4:20:00 PM

    Lovely little Dumbo. Lovely little ditty connie.
  1. Date: 9/23/2016 5:27:00 PM

    A lovely poem about a beautiful animal Connie. I have always loved them, myself. I enjoyed your words, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 9/23/2016 5:25:00 AM

    Wonderful a different POV from my poem elephant. I love this description! Well done :)
  1. Date: 9/23/2016 3:49:00 AM

    The photo is so cute, Connie, and I enjoyed the way you defined the specie. I had heard elephants were intelligent, but I never dreamed they were so compassionate. Excellent write!
  1. Date: 9/22/2016 4:27:00 PM

    Wonderful creatures. I collect them and enjoy watching shows about them. This is a great pleiades, Connie with interesting material to match. Blessings, Janis
  1. Date: 9/22/2016 2:58:00 PM

    Thank you for the lovely elephant Pleiades and the information you chose to attach to it, Connie! To me the elephant is a gentle giant! Congratulations on your fine win. Regards // paul
  1. Date: 9/22/2016 2:47:00 PM

    Congrats, Connie. I think it's so cool how much you love this animal!
  1. Date: 9/22/2016 1:38:00 PM

    I love elephants! Nice poem here, Connie! Congrats on your win :)
  1. Date: 9/22/2016 1:15:00 PM

    Back to tell you congrats on your placement, Connie.
  1. Date: 9/22/2016 1:00:00 PM

    Dropping back with my congrats Connie:-) I've still not posted my elephants one yet!hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 9/22/2016 12:35:00 PM

    - I think it's a nice thing to do, to congratulate all one by one - in the contest I participate in - As a little "thank you for the match" regards ..... - Some I have read before and others not - It will always take some time, a long list of winners - But for me it is common courtesy and a pleasure to congratulate you Connie - Lovely done - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 9/22/2016 10:56:00 AM

    yes, i was rooting for this, connie... so glad you placed really well!.. my sweet congrats and huggs
  1. Date: 9/22/2016 8:54:00 AM

    I love elephants sweet Connie, very well written and lovely pics :) congratulations on your placement in the contest :)-luloo
  1. Date: 9/21/2016 8:45:00 PM

    Connie, thanks for including that info about elephants. I never knew they were so compassionate. You don't think a whole lot about animals having such characteristics. Congrats on your win with your descriptive write on elephants! Blessings!
  1. Date: 9/21/2016 6:52:00 PM

    Elephants are wonderful, of my favorite animals, and very compassionate as your lovely note explains. I enjoyed your Pleiades poem and congrats on your win! Hugs, Sandra
  1. Date: 9/21/2016 6:36:00 PM

    Congrats on your win Connie
  1. Date: 9/21/2016 2:36:00 PM

    Beautiful words. One let me sit on its head once, me with my annoying feet. But apart from regular swattings from its ears, there were no reprisals. Wonderful creatures. Kings of us all. Best if luck in the contest.
  1. Date: 9/21/2016 7:55:00 AM

    Oh, what a winner! The moment I saw the photos, it brought joy to my heart. How delightful they are and so representative of elephant's rare compassion. This is truly an outstanding presentation, Connie! Just outstanding!
  1. Date: 9/21/2016 1:00:00 AM

    Great animal, great write, Connie. Hope your procedure went well, Viv x
  1. Date: 9/20/2016 11:38:00 AM

    Love them pacaderms. Or is it placaderms? No matter. I love people who love animals. I love this poem. I love you too. Love, Dave
  1. Date: 9/20/2016 8:11:00 AM

    ohh, such warmth in this piece, connie... there is an elephant energy within you... love this!..blessed be and huggs
  1. Date: 9/19/2016 10:11:00 PM

    If only we could learn to be as gentle as they seem to be. I love your poem Mrs Connie. It shows the gentle nature of your heart:)
  1. Date: 9/19/2016 7:43:00 AM

    Nicely written Connie... they are truly amazing creatures....
  1. Date: 9/19/2016 3:44:00 AM

    A lovely poem... informative... Good luck in the contest....
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