Trisha's Monday Poetry stretch this week is to compose a Tanka. She says, "Tanka is a form of Japanese poetry that has been practiced for more than 1000 years. Tanka are composed of 31 syllables in a 5/7/5/7/7 format. Most tanka focus on a single event of some significance." Read more at Tanka Online.
enclosed on hard packed dirt;
to open green space.
I took my three year old to the zoo the other day to celebrate his birthday. We greatly enjoyed seeing the elephants. I realized I have been visiting these elephants most of my life and admiring them. When I looked up the zoo website to read more about them I discovered that they are scheduled to move to another zoo this spring because their present home is inadequate for their needs. There is a group advocating sending them to a sanctuary where they can live on open land in a herd of like-minded elephants. I am sad to think of these lovely animals living in a small, hard packed dirt enclosure all their lives simple for the benefit of my viewing.
Links to elephant sanctuaries: