Joanna Garrido

Save the Elephant 🐘

Savannas under burning gold

Africa’s finest roam 

A normal day here to enfold

A heat drenched place called home


The largest families Matriarch led

Live out ‘neath burning rays

Thick skin, over grassland tred

Safe in numbers, sun-filled days


At least that’s how it ought to play

But man has other plans

To kill or maim, take tusks away

For ivory, money in their hands


Asia trades in ivory 

Her head should bow in shame

Poachers paid successfully

 No questions asked, cruel game


For every orphaned calf that cries

Was 2 years in the making

For every death neath Blood Red skies

For ivory they’re taking.


Don’t buy ivory is my plea

Stand together, ban the blood

Save the elephants living free

Not mourn where mighty, they once stood.


JG 10/02/19


  • Fay Slimm.

    Wholeheartedly agree with this well written plea - - animals like elephants can never be replaced -shame on those who still deal in ivory - -- sincere thanks Joanna for this needed reminder.

    • Joanna Garrido

      You are welcome. It is heartbreaking

    • dusk arising

      It is illegal in U.K. to sell ivory unless it is old ivory as you will know i guess.
      But still they slaughter these noble giants in their disgusting trade. Sadly the west finds oil a more worthy cause to fight for, or selling burgers and fizzy drink.
      As a society do we really care? Don't misunderstand me, i do.. but how many others do along my street, along your street?

      • Joanna Garrido

        I know. I had to write on it as it is so awful how it still goes on

      • Poetic Dan

        Thank you

      • orchidee

        A thoughtful write Joanna. There's that 'creature' too - she who kills animals for fun. Her time will come.

        • Joanna Garrido

          Oh yes, her with the trophies. Disgusting

        • FineB

          Hi Joanna,

          Thank you for this beautiful and poignant poem.

          An amazing tribute to an amazing animal.

          Keep writing Fine B.

          • Joanna Garrido

            You are welcome. A cause dear to me

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