Jenna the elephant was so proud.
Jenna was an elephant, who came with Royal blood.
His father was so stately, the massive Arjuna was so good.
Jenna was quite shy but knew he had his duties.
Arjuna for many years had been the Royal transport,
Now the time had come for Jenna to take over.
Arjuna’s saddle was huge, decorated with jewels and gold.
Jenna had been fitted for his. It was now built, but nothing like as bold
He had yet to earn his status, by carrying the Family Royal.
His rider was Majub, a wiry little chap. He would show him how to toil.
The day came, at least for a practice. He was to take the Royal boys to town.
Soon he was dressed in all his finery with his saddle fitted along.
He was feeling quite wobbly as the boys climbed on.
His tummy was rumbling and there was little he could do
Suddenly from the back came a tremendous rumble and ‘phew!!’.
Fortunately the boys thought it funny and held their noses tight.
Majub was not at all pleased and said, ‘good job not their father, right’
They set off for town walking slowly down the track
He must note the way so he could lead them back
The further he went the better he felt. He held his head high with pride.
Majub also looked very smart, indeed he now felt proud
But seeing Jenna act the same, he said we should not yet be proud.
‘There is still much for you to learn’, he said out very loud.
Jenna realised Majub was right and they must be a team.
As they passed along this road with trees on either side
Something stirred within the bushes and Jenna watched his ride
Alarmingly, there was a family of lions that frolicked back and forth.
Majub turned to Jenna and held his rein most tight.
‘Just keep walking on’, he said. ‘That really is a pride!!’
‘Yes, a pride of lions’, thought Jenna.
He was proud of his bravery.
Dr Michael Healy