The chase of the elephants

The chase of the elephants

A Poem by Nirmala

A real event in the jungles of India


        The chase of the elephants


Relaxed we sat at the river bank

Fishing for mahseer we threw a line

Silently they approached seven of them

Right behind us ten meters away

Giants of the forest with a baby in tow


The bull got our scent he lifted his trunk

Flapped his ears and scratched the ground

We just had time to jump to our feet

Dash to the coracle and ore it in speed

We saw his attack our escape by a hair


With pounding hearts we forge ahead

With just one ore it’s hard to go straight

They swim real well if they see a threat

We see them sniffing where we had sat

The distance helps to dim their sight


Elephants are swift and sure of foot

Silent despite their enormous size

Unless they wish to ravage and ruin

Pulled down trees or decide to charge

Their life is routine a model of calm


© 2012 Nirmala

Author's Note

The excitement of risk and danger in the jungles is amazing and one grows to love undisturbed nature more and more with every trip! It is a true adventure.

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Added on June 16, 2012
Last Updated on June 16, 2012



New Delhi, India

Worked on environment and justice issues both urban and rural across the world, but now concentrating on India. Enjoy adventure tourism and trips to the jungles. Ah, but you wish to know more than tha.. more..

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