Elephant Rebel

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No more – no more retreat,
Right to the wall, I’ve been set;
It’s time now to fight back,
To fight back with all my might.

Ceasefires – no more,
Peace talks – no more;
I don’t trust you – anymore.

Leave my ancestral land – and go;
No – I don’t’ mind – Go!
Go – no honey-dipped wines – Go!
No – leave my land – and go.

Ceasefires – no more,
Peace talks – no more;
I don’t trust you – anymore.

No more – this colonial mantra,
“The bulkier one grows,
The stupider he becomes”.
I don’t trust you – anymore.

Ceasefires – no more,
Peace talks – no more;
I don’t trust you – anymore.

No more – no more retreat,
Right to the wall, I’ve been set;
It’s time now to fight back,
To fight back with all my might.

Copyright © Jan. 15, 2019, Newton Ranaweera
Image source: Pixabay

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20 thoughts on “Elephant Rebel

    • The whole poem is very eloquent in this fight for freedom and against colonisation. You know as a Catalan I can relate to this. Historically speaking Catalonia is an occupied nation. People who deny this do not know enough history. It would be like denying Hitler and the Holocaust, something that is still happening nowadays. I understand the need to fight back. If the oppressed people are not granted certain freedoms, which does not mean complete independence, they end up rebelling. The question is how to fight back? I believe in civil disobedience through non-violent resistance: Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks… Plus non-violent civil resistance movements have proved to be more successful than armed revolutions. (see Erica Chenoweth’s talk on this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w)

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    • Thank you so much for your kind read and the comment. My voice in this poem is against humans who deny animal rights. There’s now a war between humans and animals, especially elephants in the country. Humans kill elephants for tusks and others for flesh and they forget that even animals have their land rights. As a result, elephants often steel into border villages, and deaths report from both sides.

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