Travel Theme:Texture of Elephants

Asian Elephant in Malaysia

Caring

The Blind Men and the Elephant

John Godfrey Saxe ( 1816-1887)

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!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a snake!”

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he,
“‘Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Then, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!

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25 Comments

  1. September 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Such incredible animals and the pictures reveal that. I was not familiar with the poem. Perfect accompaniment.

    • globalanni said,

      September 15, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Thanks, Lynne! They are indeed incredible!

  2. Marianne said,

    September 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Fantastic photos, Anni. We had the delight of spending a day with some elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand, earlier this year. Delightful creatures ๐Ÿ™‚

    • globalanni said,

      September 15, 2012 at 7:57 am

      We spent time with elephants in Chang Mai too. Aren’t we lucky? I just love them!

  3. September 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Great pics of one of my favourite animals

    • globalanni said,

      September 15, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Thanks!

  4. Ed Spadoni said,

    September 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    These look great in BW.

    • globalanni said,

      September 15, 2012 at 7:58 am

      The texture really stood out in black and white. Thanks!

  5. LuAnn said,

    September 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Fabulous photos ๐Ÿ™‚

    • globalanni said,

      September 15, 2012 at 8:00 am

      What a nice compliment~ coming from such a great photographer.

  6. adinparadise said,

    September 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I really enjoyed the poem. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your photos too. I also have one which I am going to use for the theme. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • globalanni said,

      September 15, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Thanks! I look forward to anther amazing photo from you!

  7. Expat Alien said,

    September 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Awesome!

    • globalanni said,

      September 17, 2012 at 9:27 am

      They are awesome gentle giants!

  8. samacwns said,

    September 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Love the pictures! Cute and awe inspiring at the same time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • globalanni said,

      September 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Thank you!

  9. dilipnaidu said,

    September 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Hi my first visit. Nice blog and the pictures and the poem in this post are nice too.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Dilip

    • globalanni said,

      October 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      Thank you for stopping by!

  10. September 24, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Beautiful shots! Elephants are such kind creatures!

    • globalanni said,

      October 9, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Thanks! I enjoyed your post on the Stress Reduction Kit!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Laney said,

    October 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Love the photos and the poem. Fantastic!

    • globalanni said,

      October 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      I liked your “Tram Car Elephant!” Thanks!

  12. October 17, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Love the poem and love love love elephants. This post brought a smile to my face.

    • globalanni said,

      November 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Awww. Thanks. I have to get back to writing. So busy and cannot seem to find the time.


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