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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Elegant Elephant

An elegant elephant
sat for tea
and used her napkin
most delicately.

She tried to be dainty,
as you may suppose,
when using her napkin
to cover her nose.

But the napkin was huge
and as long as a hose.
When she unfurled it,
it dropped under her toes.

    This is a poem about manners.  Can you try writing your own poem today about something mannerly?  Who might give you advice as when to say please or thank you?  Do you have a favorite animal you can make the main character of your poem?  Have fun writing.

    I was having so much fun saying elegant elephant that I tried to think of other things that would distinguish an elephant, making her elegant.  Do you think she would wear a hat to a tea party?

    A elegant elephant
wore a flowered hat
it slipped off her head
whenever she sat.


  1. Why might an elegant elephant with a flowered hat remove it? How could she use it to help or entertain a friend?

    1. Good thought, but I was th9inking of dribbling her tea and dropping the cake from her fork. The Elegant Elephant tries so hard to be elegant, but every time she goes for tea, she has a tragedy.