A Rare Sight


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It happened quite some years ago,
The story I’m about to tell,
Although much time has passed by since,
I remember it so well.

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When I was just a young lad,
Guess about twelve years old or so,
If I would gaze out our front door,
An open park would show.

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It was the spot in my hometown,
When the circus came and went,
Was on that park across the road,
They’d raise their circus tent.

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My parents had a property,
On which vegetables they grew,
So please just try envisage,
On one side was a garden, the other mobile zoo.

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I woke up early one morning,
Was just before the dawn,
I wanted to get across the road,
First thing on that new morn.

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As I moved out of the doorway,
What I saw gave me a start,
I think I kind of panicked,
And racing was my heart.

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What was it then, you may well ask,
That gave me such a scare,
For out in parents garden,
An elephant was there.

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I raced inside and woke my Dad,
Told him an elephant was free,
And destroying his prized garden,
But he would not believe me.

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"Get out", he said, "Leave me alone,
Before I start to flail ya,
You stupid boy, don’t you know,
There’s no elephants in Australia."

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But I knew so well what I had seen,
An elephant for sure,
And seen it so close up,
Not far from the front door.

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So I just insisted,
To both my Mum and Dad,
An elephant was in their yard,
And, boy did they get mad.

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But suddenly it dawned,
Upon them like a flash,
The circus parked across the road,
So out the door they rushed.

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The sight that first did greet them,
An animal so big and grey,
Eating all of the green cabbages,
Instead of dry old circus hay.

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What could they do they wondered,
With animal of such weight,
Who’d smashed right through the fences,
Pointless to shut the gate.

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Off to the circus Dad did go,
Not feeling very well,
Woke up the owner then and there,
And gave him merry hell.

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Suddenly there was a panic,
People running to and fro,
To again control the elephant,
That didn’t want to go.

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When finally things did settle,
And elephant was chained,
Back with the other animals,
There for now just to remain.

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The circus paid the damage,
But best comment left for last,
We would all go to the circus,
The family got free pass.

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So guess I’m a rare Aussie,
Because of something I did see,
Not normal in this country,
An elephant to roam free.

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©Copyright
Dark Blue Knight
October 1999
All Rights Reserved

By Dark Blue Knight

Author's Note
This is actually a true story that happened when I was younger and circuses
would come to country towns with their mobile zoos.
Sadly these are now from day gone, but well remembered by those who are old enough.

By Dark Blue Knight







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