El Elefante Encadedano I

Like ‘El Elefante Encadedano’
that never dared to tear and go
chained and bound to the same picket
Thinking of its strength to be so midget.

From the day he could remember
his foot was tethered to the shackle
once he tried but did surrender
bowed by the sound of metal’s rattle.

Years had passed and he had grown
his chain remained ridiciously fragile
He considered himself to be much weaker
though the pole had not been pushed any deeper,

But when he pushed and pulled and tried
to free himself of chains so tight
he was so small – this young and tender elefant
facing these as an insuperable impediment.

Those chains – fastening, imprisoning metal
stayed as cold and as lifeless as they were…
but the little elefant did grow but tried no more –
he resigned he could not win this battle.

Intimitated – he chose to be overmodest
‘no puedo no puedo y nunca podré’
But if he tried he’d be astonished.
And now I’ll try to be honest:

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