The Elephant of Surprise.
The Elephant Of Surprise was in the room.
“Hello!” He called from the corner, where he was trying to blend in with little or no success.
“Hello.” I responded, after considering whether a talking elephant was in any way incongruous – an elephant, maybe; but, a ‘talking’ one?
We chatted for a while: I learnt that the ears of an elephant determine whether it is an Indian or an African elephant. The bigger eared elephants are from Africa, the smaller-eared elephants are, therefore, from India.
I taught the elephant a rhyme that involved the word ‘flatter’ with two different meanings.
It was a fine way to spend a morning.
However, after we had got to know each other, the Elephant of Surprise was no longer there.