A Major Key

The Elephant in the Room
a conversational poem for the Poets’ Pub 

 There’s an elephant in the room.
‘Someone let him out soon.
He takes up too much space
and is stinking out the place.’

‘Can’t let him out. The door is locked
and I can’t find the key.’
‘Don’t be daft,’ I mock,
impugning Someone’s ancestry.

‘It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy’
says I, sitting down to play.
Rippling notes come easily:
‘it’s in the key of A.’

‘Ah’ says Someone,
‘No,’ says I,
‘A not R.
Open up,’ I cry.

The elephant, it grumbled,
it didn’t want to go.
With crashing chords the funeral march
rang out as I threw a blow.

‘Oh, ’
he rumbled, ‘if you insist,
You’re most unjust.’

He ambled out,
left a heap of dung
as insult– what a lout,
and awfully highly strung.

‘I’m glad he’s gone
(Pooh, what a pong)
Now we can get some peace,
without that lumbering beast.’



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16 Responses to A Major Key

  1. Viv, this is wonderful! You should send it somewhere.


  2. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Still, like Sabu in Jungle Book in the 40’s, I much prefer the elephant in the room to the 800 pound gorilla; a nice Charlie Brown/Dr. Seuss feel to this one; great fun; thanks.


  3. Poet Laundry says:

    Ha! Oh those elephants in the room–so awkward!


  4. hypercryptical says:

    Hah – those damn elephants – so better to let it out than ignore it.
    Anna :o]


  5. restlessjo says:

    I love it! Funnily enough we were at the zoo in Krakow on Thursday- a not really intentional visit 🙂


  6. Madhura says:

    Haha.. I so love the elephant in the room idiom.. very humorous and cool write!
    Although I must say, i love elephants… they are adorable animals, so big and sweet with flappy ears and they always look like they’re smiling! Heeheeh maybe that’s just me :-p


  7. Sumana Roy says:

    so enjoyable lines..:D


  8. Viv, sorry for the absense… you know…
    This is a brill concept. When I lived among Brits in Bermuda, well, that was the ultimate “don’t mention the elephant in the room” crowd. And you, a Brit by birth, nailed it to the wall of the bloody pub!! I howled, especially at the present the pachyderm left you!! Amy


  9. Mary says:

    Wonderful humor. Once the elephant is in the living room, it is hard to get it out!!


  10. I love it.. I had to look up the elephant in the room… (should be obvious I know it)… and ignoring it will for sure make stinking residue.. (and maybe the elephant went into a china-shop after leaving the room..


  11. brian miller says:

    haha…nice play with the idiom…and elephant in the room will def stink it up…but dont expect anyone to be talking about it…though there is def irony in that its a conversation about it…smiles…


  12. MarinaSofia says:

    This is a keeper – have to read it with my kids – they will love it!


  13. claudia says:

    haha… very fun poem… really love the light-heartedness and fun convo… very cool write viv…


  14. Love the conversational style humor and literal take on this metaphor, Viv. Well done!!


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