Sister Carmen Bernos de Gasztold was a Benedictine nun and gifted writer. In her book entitled Prayers from the Ark, the French poet gave voice to God’s creatures who sailed with Noah.
During June, I am once again sharing a sampling of my favorite poems. Today’s selection highlights the lumbering, plodding efforts of The Prayer of the Elephant.
It is I, the elephant,
Who is talking to You.
I am so embarrassed by my great self,
And truly it is not my fault
If I spoil Your jungle a little with my big feet.
Let me be careful and behave wisely,
Always keeping my dignity and poise.
Give me such philosophic thoughts
That I can rejoice everywhere I go
In the lovable oddity of things.