Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant
-No! no! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone
-(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee
-(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)
-Laura E. Richards-
Although I'm not certain why, I suddenly thought about it today and wondered if children were still enjoying this funny poem.
Not remembering the title I looked up 'elephant with telephone' on the internet (is there anything we can't find on the internet?) and there it was.
What I didn't know was that this sweet nonsensical poem was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Laura E. Richards. I also found out that her mother was the famous Julie Ward Howe who wrote the words for The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Hope you and possibly your children will enjoy it just as much now as I did then.
PS - In case you are wondering about the elephant at the top of the post - - also found on the internet. It is actually an elephant cell phone holder. Perhaps a modern day 'Eletelephony'?