NaPoWriMo Day 26: Motherless

I open my eyes to my mother’s screams
Far away, I hear her crying, screeching
I’m just a baby, should I run to her?
She told me to stay, said I’d be safe
But why is she piercing the sky
With her agonizing wail?
Is she hurt, my mother?
Suddenly, she stops
Dreadful silence all around
I should wait for her to return
But slowly, scared, I tread out
‘Mom?’ I trumpet out
An eerie silence surrounds me
I see her bushy tail, lying on the ground
I found her! I found her!
Maybe she fell down
I run forward, relieved
I run my trunk, playfully over her back
Why won’t she get up?
Why is she so quiet?
I run around to lift her trunk in mine
A horrified scream scares me
My horrified scream scares me
All I see are two gaping holes
Where her magnificent tusks once were
And she lies there, cold and lifeless
A pool of blood beneath her
Then I see them, far away
Two creatures rejoicing
The beasts who walk on two legs
My mother warned me about them
I crouch in the bushes, terrified
And I run, and I run
To find the others
Knowing full well,
Now I’m all alone


Today’s poem, not following the prompt, was inspired from Jade’s poem, “It’s Our Earth Day Too“.

2 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo Day 26: Motherless

  1. Omg…this broke my heart and just shattered it. The concept of the theme is heartbreaking enough but to tell it from the perspective of the baby elephant, that’s just…I need a tissue. I need many tissues…

    You’ve described the baby elephant’s perspective amazingly. The innocence, the fear, the horror, everything is so well portrayed. I’m flattered that you were inspired by my poem. Thank you!

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    • Thank you so much!

      I feel about the issue of poaching very strongly, and when I read your poem I knew I just had to write one on that theme. So thank you for the inspiration 🙂

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