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  Blind men and the Elephant.
by Peter J. Oszmann
Friday, May 06, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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An elephant appeared amongst blind men.

As you know elephants are rather large,

They can trample people quite easily, when

They’re annoyed and rush at you with fierce charge.


But this elephant had a mild manner

And the blind men wanted to have a “feel.”

They searched for knowledge, wanting an answer,

To form a concept, with scholarly zeal.


Hoping to find out what “elephant” meant,

The first went along and started to grope.

To find the “whole picture” was his intent…

He reached the tail and thought it was a rope.


The second one then got hold of one ear.

It felt coarse. So he declared with a shrug

And a loud voice that everyone could hear:

“The elephant is nothing but a rug.”


One felt a leg; thought it was a pillar.

One reaching the trunk thought it was a hose.

It was just like the little caterpillar

Never grasping the beauty of the rose.


We grope blindly for answers and knowledge

Whilst we suffer from inflated egos,

Can’t see the forest from the foliage…

We are all “blind” and only grasp “shadows.”


© P. J. Oszmann (2002 inspired by a Sufi teaching tale)

Illustration: To chapter 7 from the book “The Psychology of Consciousness”

by R. E. Ornstein (artist unknown)


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Reviewed by jude forese 5/8/2005
fortunately Peter, there are those who venture through the foliage and experience the vision that casts no shadows ...

a powerful philosophical narrative you have wisely written ....
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 5/8/2005
Insightful write n luck....BHUWAN
Reviewed by D May (Reader) 5/7/2005
Interesting write Peter. I enjoyed this and felt very humbled by it. Thank you for sharing this.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 5/7/2005

The poem flows through the river of alertness, and its light glows at the dawn of awareness.

I have learned from this writing of poetic excellence.
"Blind men and the Elephant" is a masterpiece.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 5/6/2005
Wow Peter!
I love this. It was fun there and the last punch there
Magnificent and so True.
Thank You so very much.
This is a poem to always remember and belongs on the wall in my home
You are wonderful and wise!
Tracey xooxox
Have Losssa Fun and Relax on your vacation. aloha!(c:) (c:)(c:)
(I know, not Hawaii but don't know how to spell in any other language)
Give your wife a Big Hug and Kiss, Sunday and tell her Happy Mother's Day! for me.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/6/2005
An interesting telling of a story told by a master storyteller...Ed
Reviewed by Lori Moore 5/6/2005
A wonderful telling.
Reviewed by Bonnie Torrente 5/6/2005
Excellent write!

Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/6/2005
so true...well said.
Reviewed by Claywoman 5/6/2005
Great poem Peter!!! I haven't been posting because this semester is so busy and I've been ill somewhat. I am on new meds now so I'm feeling better but its a day to day thing and I want to finish school. I may post some of the reviews I've done on some of the books I've read this semester and I will be starting gathering my notes together and doing notecards for my thesis...
Reviewed by L. Figgins 5/6/2005
Hear! Hear! Excellent write, Peter. A Chinese philosopher once questioned Lao-Tzu's words, "Those who speak know nothing; Those who know are silent". If Lao-tzu was so wise, Po Chu-I wondered, why then did he pen a book of 5,000 words?
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/6/2005

Spot on wisdom told in your unique style--meter and rhyme perfect! Well done, my friend!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/6/2005
wise write, o wise one! well done, peter!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in america, karen lynn in texas. :D
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 5/6/2005
A wise man once said, " . . ." Wait, I'm sorry, I got confused. YOU are the wise man.

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