The elephant in the box
opened up a can of worms
when he spoke the infamous line
’Is this box, that I am in,
within a room;
thus causing me to be the elephant
in the box
in the room?’
The worms ignored the elephant’s words;
and the words ignored the worms.
The worms squirmed to various (and sundry) corners of the box.
The words faded away into skeletal memories, gradually becoming ethereal non-entities.
The elephant proceeded to consider the relative properties of cardboard boxes against the inherent strength of African elephants.
Which is not poetical; but, it does move the story forwards.
Which story ends in something of an anti-climax.
For the box had no thoughts on the matter at all.