Pachyderms Sitting in Rooms

The room becomes crowded,

As the new guest arrives.

I duly instruct the beast,

To seat himself quietly.


His mass strains the floor.

Heavy breath fogs glass.

Boards groan displeasure,

As the brute shifts his weight.


Every eye promptly looks away,

Ne’er a sight of the animal is made.

Acknowledgment of his presence,

A violation of decorum.


I, now feeling emboldened,

Point to the massive creature.

The room’s ire raised, now erupts,

In a barbed cacophony.


Having become the enemy,

I take leave of the company.

The savage still seated among them,

They, willfully ignorant of his presence.


Like on FacebookFollow on Twitter



About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on August 29, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 64 Comments.

  1. Wonderful. “A violation of decorum.” so perfectly describes what just gets in my craw, that oppression in which people seemingly voluntarily participate.

  2. I like it, nice work John!

  3. Problems of elephantine proportions! Nice way of taking something of a colloquial term and making it a poem.

  4. Powerful metaphorical lines…..amazing!

  5. They are waiting for the Emperor to arrive in his latest, new outfit. How well they deserve to wait.
    Thanks, Jonh

  6. A violation of decorum…brilliant!

  7. I know that feeling (((hugs))))

  8. Nicely done, John!
    I hate to be pretentious, yet I’m surrounded by so much of it that sometimes it’s just easier to play along than ‘stir things up’. This is mostly true when dealing with relatives and in those instances I’m in and out of many rooms whose elephant is no longer a guest but a a permanent resident!

    Hope you’re having a nice weekend…


  9. Beautifully demented, and just my cup of tea. Thanks for this.

  10. Love this. No idea what pachyderms mean though haha.

  11. Love this!!! Thanks for being a bright spot in my day. πŸ™‚

  12. Kudos sir! Laugh inducing yet thought provoking!

  13. Pachyderms – I had to look up the word for its definition – so I learnt a new word today! An insightful poem.

  14. John, maybe I’m a little dense but I am not sure what you are talking about. It is however very intriguing.

  15. Oh, OK, I get it, you’re talking about the elephant in the room. Excellently done, I love it. I’m a little slow sometimes.

  16. Metaphorical — the elephant in the room. You can’t ignore him! Great picturesque words.

  17. Is it just me John, or do I detect a strong aversion to political correctness? Seems to me I recall something about “shades of gray” recently and now you mention the portly pachyderm who not only strains the floor but permeates the air as well in close quarters.

  18. Thanks a ton, John! The last few days I’d been fiddling with my mind and filling it with more gibberish than ever. Ironically, I chose to ignore it! Now it’s like I suddenly woke up, had a mug of wonderful coffee and starting to think straight again πŸ™‚ Thanks a ton!

  19. ….yes a few pachyderms and a lot of asinus come to mind! :-b

    On a lighter note, this reminds me of that New Yorker’s cartoon, where an Elephant is sitting next to the Psychiatrist and says “I am right there in the room, and no one even acknowledges me”.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: