The Elephant In The Room
The ministers are meeting to discuss affairs of state,
And seated round the table they will all agree.
On how to wield the power to influence the fate
Of many millions, the likes of you and me.
And standing in the shadows at the far end of the room
The elephant stays un-noticed by them all.
It has always been present as it waits in the gloom
For the day they will invite it to the ball.
It grows bigger day by day as it waits there all alone
Just for once to hear it mentioned by its name.
It’s as if they are all too frightened to enter into the zone,
And the world over it seems to be the same.
Everywhere the ministers are meeting to discuss
The things they need to do to maintain their power.
Whilst hidden in the shadows and coming into must,
The elephants are getting more restless by the hour.
The elephants names are “Poverty, ” “Hunger ”, and “War”
World politics will keep ignoring them no doubt,
Until they bring on “Armageddon” to even up the score
Then perhaps they’ll give the pachyderms a shout.
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