THE PEACE ELEPHANT
(Hali Hammer)

I was walking to work on a Tuesday morning
My thoughts were sad & my mood was down
Just a week before the whole world had changed
As the Twin Towers disappeared from my home town
     I had walked right by & was at the corner
     When I saw children pointing, they were feeling good
     I turned around & to my amazement
     A few houses down from me, an elephant stood
It was seven feet high & its stance was mighty
It was made of cardboard & its ears were big
It had tusks and a trunk and it made me wonder
Who made that elephant & why they did
     Just a few days later I was passing by her
     She had some adornments & a sign that said
     Please come back tomorrow & we’ll work together
     Or share something now – that’s how it read
COME TO ME, I AM THE PEACE ELEPHANT
COME CREATE ME & WITNESS MY BIRTH
DRESS ME UP WITH YOUR POSITIVE WISHES
FOR LOVE IS THE STRONGEST FORCE ON THIS EARTH
     First the children came, drew & painted on her
     Then some others dropped in from the neighborhood
     Soon cars were stopping to read the message
     “I am the peace elephant, share as you would”
COME TO ME, I AM THE PEACE ELEPHANT
COME CREATE ME & WITNESS MY BIRTH
DRESS ME UP WITH YOUR GOOD INTENTIONS
FOR LOVE IS THE STRONGEST FORCE ON THIS EARTH
     Some neighbors met who before were strangers
     Some dialogue started & the word was out
     Now many share in the elephant’s message
     And that’s what the elephant’s all about – to say
COME TO ME, I AM THE PEACE ELEPHANT
COME CREATE ME & WITNESS MY BIRTH
DRESS ME UP WITH YOUR POSITIVE WISHES (GOOD INTENTIONS)
FOR LOVE IS THE STRONGEST FORCE ON THIS EARTH ://