"The Display of the Elephant" by Pietro Longhi‘Irrelevant’ and Other Poetry by Joe Tessitore The Society October 2, 2019 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Poetry 10 Comments Irrelevant If the room is the tomb then the elephant is irrelevant. Haiku From my heart was shown how very much I loved her— could she not have known? I have found my voice. I do not rejoice—I fear I have lost your ear. Haiku remind me of tasty little morsels— popcorn poetry. Joe Tessitore is a retired New York City resident and poet. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 10 Responses Joe Tessitore October 2, 2019 We fight this cold, uncivil war. Whatever for? Whatever for? An elephant has indeed entered the room since I submitted these, and to talk about anything else but impeachment seems to me to be truly foolish. I wonder if any of you are as angry and as heartbroken about it as I am, and if any of you believe that there’s light at the end of this tunnel we now find ourselves in? Reply Anna J. Arredondo October 2, 2019 Joe, This is the light-hearted (I hope not entirely foolish) response to your post that popped into my head before reading your own very sober comment. Regarding “Irrelevant”: true indeed. But — If the setting Were a wedding, The pachyderm Might make you squirm. Reply Joe Tessitore October 2, 2019 Nothing wrong with a good laugh! Reply David Paul Behrens October 2, 2019 The elephant calls out: Here I am! I matter! As he goes balls out In eloquent chatter. Reply C.B. Anderson October 3, 2019 David, do you mean “bawls” out? Reply Joe Tessitore October 3, 2019 Interesting both ways – good that you asked! David Paul Behrens October 3, 2019 “Going balls out” is a slang term with much the same meaning as “going all out” or “to the fullest extent.” I was referring to the sound an elephant makes. David Paul Behrens October 3, 2019 Example: The jockey went balls out going down the home stretch. He gave it everything he had. C.B. Anderson October 3, 2019 Joe, you owe a debt to Ogden Nash. He wrote a bit of light verse in which he rhymed “elephant” with “irrelevant.” If I’m not mistaken, in that same poem he rhymed “rhinoceros” with “preposterous.”” Reply Joe Tessitore October 3, 2019 I wish I would’ve thought of that last one. I once thought I came up with “Can butter fly?” and a fourteen-year-old told me “Not so much.” Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.