Elephant in My Kitchen


I have an elephant in my kitchen

It eats what it wants

And shits on the floor

I give it a wide berth

Skirting the corners of the room

I go from cupboard to table to frig

Some days when my mind is light

I am able to look right through it

Those are good days

Today I decided I could lead it

With a confident smile and an armful of hay


I have an elephant in my kitchen

Who wears my limp body

As a ruby charm about his tusk

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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

hmm you might need to call the zoo! lol

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marcofratelli 5 years ago from Australia

I like it! :) The elephant in the room has moved to the kitchen...and more than likely has painted the bottom of its feet yellow so it can hide unnoticed, upside down in a bowl of custard in your fridge.

Q: What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?

A: 5 O'clock (trick question - not "Time to get a new fence..")

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

The title is wonderful! I love it all. It's what I needed this morning. Thank you Randy!

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I thought it was going to be a very light hearted little bit of rhyming verse... and then I read through, and there is a tone of despair in there, my very talented friend.

Talk about a poem to be appreciated on many levels!

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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

There's nothing charming about the elephant in the kitchen,only the satisfaction of his ability to pay the mortgage,if not then he must go.;)

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Let's get that elephant out of your kitchen so you can live in peace in your own home. Very nice metaphors my friend:)

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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Greetings HattieMattieMae. If it were only that easy!

Marcofratelli, I haven't seen him today. I guess I'd better look in my frig, sneaky devil.

Morning Micky, I glad you approve.

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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

TW, I am so glad you understood this one. Despair is a good word for it. :) A lot of my stuff has layers often buried under a sticky or cartoony face. I did one called cherry pie, most people thought the pie was a metaphor for sex, but really sex was the metaphor for something else.

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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Hey MA, nothing charming about becoming the skewered charm either.

Thanks Minnetonka Twin. I did; its gone. Shewwww.

Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

You wrote here about hiding deeper meaning behind a cartoony face and your Barbie poem immediately came to mind.

I look forward to many writers here on the hub, but only few deliver such thoughtful, bizarre and consistantly good work as yourself. You write my kind of poetry.

Some of your poems I can make educated assumptions about, but with this one I have no idea as to the metaphorical nature of the elephant. He might be a lover in a struggling relationship, an object that hearkens a past drug addiction, or a corpse propped against the kitchen table. Whatever lies between the lines here, is intriguing. Well done.

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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

I was admiring your snake whilst you were in my kitchen.

I'm so glad you enjoy my work and speak my language. I would love to tell you my elephants name but its hard to talk with a tusk in your gut. Thanks for stopping by though :)

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