The Last Great Giants
Paleolithic pantheons of pachyderms
Time won’t soon forget.
But as the last great giants die,
We face one more regret.
Memories of mighty mammoth Mahmud,
who refused to march on Mecca.
The elephant’s year ushers prophets in,
While we curse Alpha and Omega.
Cosmic creatures captured for cowardly royal courts,
Cast in conquest and 3 ring circus tents.
Through the Alps with Hannibal, to the Barnum stage,
All the live long while, Ganesh silently laments.
We’ll be haunted by their memory,
Rock walls to Rockwell, wars to Warhol.
Forgotten friendships with Tantor fade
As the final guardians fall.
Not wall, nor spear, nor snake, you see
Nor tree, nor fan, nor rope.
For when the last great giants die,
So too has our hope.