Aha! I think I’ve got it.
I think I’ve figured out
where the elephants got the idea
for their skin texture.
Today, as I touched the thick, tough bark
of an ancient Scrub Oak
atop Cnochán Dara na Naomh,
I realized that elephants plagiarized it.
The great trunk of the oak tree
is rough and runneled,
pitted and pock-marked,
calloused and cracked and creviced,
and looks just like the great hind leg
of a pachyderm from Africa.
Is it plagiarism
when Nature borrows one of her own
and applies it elsewhere?
Like sisters stealing garments
from each other’s closely-guarded closets,
flora and fauna imitate each other
Fauna is what happens
when nature abandons roots
in favor of legs, fins and wings.
If imitation is the highest form of flattery,
is the ultimate form of self-confidence.
pat yourself on the back.
Tír na nÓg
Fr. Seán ÓLaoire, PhD
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