Friday, April 5, 2013

Challenge: E is for Eclectically Ergonomic Elephants

Don't ask.
I don't know.
It just came to me in the way that random
with a prompt.
See, I'm a writer.
Without warning.

Today "E" is for Eclectically Ergonomic Elephants. And if you're wondering which came first, the picture or the words? It was the words. Then I searched for a picture to go with the "E is for ..." because it was too good to pass up. Of course I couldn't find Eclectically Ergonomic Elephants online. So these pictures will have to do. They look like they're in Eclectic stances and they are Elephants and I'm hoping that the large creatures are standing Ergonimically, although I have no idea.

photo from A Step Ahead

Esther the Elephant on tiptoes, reached towards the lowest branch, hoping to pull down something delicious
to eat which she thought she saw dangling within her grasp. If she could get the branch just a little bit closer.

In the distance, Edward the Elephent raised his trunk and called to the herd to come near. There was something important news he'd overheard and it was vital to their well being. Esther listened and stretched a little further and managed to grasp a few leaves and the little twigs to which they were attached. She could smell something. Up there. It was there. The. Something.

"Meeting," Edward bellowed louder and longer, drawing it out so there was no mistaking his intent.

Esther heard others coming near. Some were walking quickly, short bursts of their round feet on the dry hard ground. Some scampering like the smaller beings in the area; proabably the young ones. And some taking their time, not in a hurry.

"The branch," Esther thought. "The - thing."

And a little red round deliciousness dropped to the ground. A few elephants ran past her and Esther let go of the branch, which bobbed a bit and rebounded to rap her lightly on the top of her head. She dipped her head and let her trunk search the ground for the little orb which was losing its glitter in the dust of the called to meeting members of her tribe.

Esther raised her trunk toward her mouth, and slipped the treasure into her pointed mouth. She felt the red juice ooze from the cool roundness as she pressed it to the roof of her mouth with her tongue. She felt it swell to double the size, triple the size, and her mouth filled with the sweet juice and she let it run down her throat and tipped back her head and felt it run clear to her belly. The hurry and scurry around her faded and there was only her and red and juice and the sparkle she had seen previously was now inside her head.

photo from The Daily Galaxy

Edward let out a final shout. Somewhere.

Esther felt the redness fade but there was a glow in her belly. She opened her eyes and there were now golden flecks in the trees, the herd was now covered with silver and steel blue sequins,and the sky was amber and fuschia with ribbons of azure. Her feet glided as if on ice as she walked toward the gathering.

Esther smiled.


  1. Dot, that is simply gorgeous! What an imagination you have. X

    1. Aw, thanks, Jodie! Truly - this came out of that writer space where either the muse or the character are in charge, or both of them. And it was fun. Thank you for reading.

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  3. I really enjoyed that story . Do you think it was a type of drug that Esther ate?

    My AtoZ challenge

    1. What do YOU as the reader think?

      It could be. But it doesn't have to be. It could just be something so delicious that it changed her view of the world. Or it could all be metaphorical. Or maybe it is some magic mushroom-like fruit!

      I just wrote it as it came to me. *smile* (And, no, I wasn't in any substance altered state when I wrote it. Although you might want to pop by to check out my "F" word - perhaps an influence was present.)

  4. Love this! I have a fondness for elephants, and your story of Esther & Edward made them seem all the more magical. I agree with one of your commenters that Esther may have had a mind-altering berry, because you portrayed her as a shaman of sorts. Great post-look forward to more. :)