THE LAUGHING ELEPHANT

Paul Sohar


What did the laughing elephant say
when asked why he was crying?

It was a special occasion, wearing the grin of
a command performance, and people were holding
their breath waiting for an answer;
they said the laughing elephant was like part of
everyone’s life, and they were
puzzled by the change in the program.

Finally the laughing elephant began to speak:
he said he had not stopped laughing,
he only added crying to his repertoire.

“Should we call you the Crying Elephant now?”
asked a representative of the press.

“No,” answered the Laughing Elephant, “just
call me an elephant from now on.”

“Just an elephant?” asked a TV reporter slowly
turning away  and waving to the cameraman to cut.!

“Yes, just an elephant, that’s what I am,” said the
elephant once celebrated as the Laughing Elephant.


Paul Sohar ended his higher education with a BA in philosophy and took a day job in a research lab while writing in every genre, publishing seventeen volumes of translations, including "Silver Pirouettes" (Ragged Sky Press, 2016) and “In Contemporary Tense” (Iniquity Press, 2013). His own poetry: “Homing Poems” (Iniquity, 2006) and “The Wayward Orchard”, a Wordrunner Prize winner (2011). Other awards: first prize in the 2012 Lincoln Poets Society Contest, second prize in RI Writers Circle 2014 Prose Contest, the Janus Pannonius Translation Prize (2016, Budapest). Prose work: “True Tales of a Fictitious Spy” (Synergebooks, 2006) and a collection of three plays from One Act Depot (Canada, 2015). Magazine credits: Agni, Gargoyle, Kenyon Review, Rattle, Pedestal, Poetry Salzburg, Seneca Review, etc.