Poem by John Godfrey Saxe (1816–1887)
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind
The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!”
The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, “Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ’tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!”
The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a snake!
The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he;
‘Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!”
The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!”
The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”
And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!"
To paraphrase, “when you look at the fingers on a hand all you see are fingers, but when you fold those fingers together to make a fist, then you have something mighty that represents strength.” What the six men did not realize was that they had more power collectively. As previously observed, the poem is like a puzzle to which each man holds a piece.
I was assigned the task of retelling a story, so I decided to take on this old fable, giving it a modern twist by inserting GOP candidates of the 2012 election. Is not winning the nomination and public approval the necessary element for solving this puzzle? Well, let’s examine which one of our four has the winning formula in my version of the story titled, “Four Candidates of the GOP and The People.”
"Four Candidates of the GOP and The People
By Renée Collins Georges
Ambitious, haters of Obama
Who wanted to be President so bad, that each would sell his mama!
So each one, by media kinds
Launched a plan to grab up all the fools
-All the peeps- that they could find.
The First, Mitt Romney, approached The People
while standing proud and tall -
Said, God bless me! But poor People...
We do not need at all!
The Second man, Newt Gingrich, declared, to the moon we’ll go!
And cried, Ho! What have we here?
And who but he should know?
Said, come on people, can’t you see?
Romney doesn’t care!
So vote for me and I’ll set you free!
And stop O-bama! Stop O! (Sung to Eddie Ruffin’s “Ball of Confusion”)
Now The Third man, Ron Paul,
Looked convincing, and appealed to their practicality.
He cried, you down with GOP! Yeah, you need me!
Even though I’m out of touch with reality.
The Fourth, Rick San (snore ‘em) Santorum
Speaks to the people, some say he’s even deep.
But most have no idea what he’s talking about,
So, they drift off to sleep.
And so these men of the GOP
Dispute with much disdain,
About what they think The People need,
And spend millions on campaigns.
So each one goes from state to state, and they visit every town;
But a run for the People’s vote in 2012? Sounds like they’re going down!"
2012 Renee Collins Georges. This adaptive work is licensed under Creative Commons.