Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pachyderms on Parade

painting by Samuel Adler Heydenn

Pachyderms on Parade

“I just shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he
got in my pajamas I’ll never know.”
--Groucho Marx.

Climate change is the elephant squatting
in the yard, tearing up important grass,
making mud, sucking up ponds, then spraying
trunk rain, eating hedges, showing its ass--
impervious; as all those who are crass
say global warming is just a bad joke,

but they are giving hornet’s nests a poke.

Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub MTB

13 comments: said... had me at the hilarious Groucho Marx quotation. I actually laughed out of those raucous ones! :) And then...the beginning of your post....climate change is that elephant sitting in the room. You are one crazy guy, Glenn, and I LOVE to read your posts! Thanks for the smiles today :)

brudberg said...

The elephant dancing in the glass-house, but if you close it hard enough you won't notice until you are buried in dung. Deniers

Frank Hubeny said...

When those hornets start coming out--and hopefully it is not too late by then--things might change.

Kim M. Russell said...

I love that killer quotation, Glenn - keep them coming, please! I also love elephants and the way they trumpety-trump - but not the Trump who doesn't believe in climate change - he is a joke - a bad one.

Jane Dougherty said...

How elephants must hate being associated with a certain president.

Glenn Buttkus said...

Speaking of metaphors--I believe elephants are already associated with the Republican Party.

Anonymous said...

Clever use of a powerful metaphor. Still too many who say 'what elephant' though?

Vivian Zems said...

An important message hidden in this funny rhyme. I love it!

Alison H said...

Brilliant love it...the elephant in the yard,

Nosaint said...

Great use of humor to make a serious point! And I liked how you separated out that last line from the rest to make the reader pause there. Nicely done!

Kathy Reed said...

You also had me at the Groucho quote! :-) It can't be reiterated enough, global warming is indeed the elephant in the room. Too many of them for any one person to dismiss even one..scary it is! I

Colin Lee said...

Ouch! And the hornets sting everyone!

Frank J. Tassone said...

Ah, satire! A well-followed series of wordplay from that masterful Groucho Marx quote!