Who Whitewashed the Saltwater Elephant?

Who Whitewashed the Salt Water Elephant?

Exhausted from the tiresome hike,
I flopped down on the ragged rocks,
High up in the hills outside of my home town of,
La Scie, Newfoundland,
As I laid my twelve gauge and grub bag by my side,
I caught a glimpse of something out of the corner of my eye,
A weird and wonderful creature was gliding out of the foggy sky,
You can believe it or not I don’t care,
But I can swear on the Provincial budget,
I saw a White Elephant floating there,
Even thought it was a little foggy,
You would have to agree with what I’m about to say,
Where in the hell flames did this flying Elephant come from,
On such a murky day,
To see a bear, a moose or two, even a lonely caribou,
Would not be that hard to believe, understand or comprehend,
After all we are in Newfoundland,
But to see an Elephant,
High above the boggy land,
I immediately thought to myself,
I must be finally going mad,
The second thought that came to my mind,
As I gazed in wonderment,
At this majestic creature,
Hovering gracefully over the worm infested spruce,
I thought to myself,
I wonder if I shot him would he taste as good as moose,
Without another thought in my mind,
I rammed a slug into me gun,
I never even took good aim,
But when I fired and as you know I’m not a liar!
I blew his head, tusk and ears from here to kingdom come,
Out of the sky the Elephant fell down into the bog,
You must be wondering did he sink,
I would have to reply no,
I’m quite pleased to inform you he brought up across a log,
I grabbed my knife and headed down the hill,
To where the Elephant lay,
In less than an hour of slashing and cutting,
I had the poor creature panched, skinned and bagged,
Not a prouder man in Newfoundland ever walked out of the woods,
For on that day I went hunting grouse and came out with Elephant steaks instead,
It took sixteen months to eat that beast,
But I’m quite pleased to report,
Once you’ve smacked your lips on deep fried Elephant and chips,
All your worries about the Moratorium, cod and no food fishery,
Just seem to fade away,
Many times this tale I’ve told,
But no one seems to believe,
And how can I prove it,
I have no trophy,
For I blew of the poor buggers head!
The moral of this story may not be easy to see,
But I can guarantee all of you skeptics,
If it’s a White Elephant you’re looking for,
Just jump into your car and head out to LaScie,
When you approach the top of the hill,
Heading into town,
You will see him sitting peacefully,
Out on the end of the government wharf,
Our great White Elephant fish plant,
Now the terror of our lives,
A word of wisdom to the unwise of Ottawa,
Before I end this tale, instead of sending us all to schools,
To train for jobs that weren’t there,
You should have used your imaginations,
Took the two billion dollars,
You wasted,
And turned Newfoundland into the great white,
Caretaker flying White Elephant nation?

No animals were hurt in the writing of this story, strictly metaphorical, I wrote this story in the winter of 1991, Political satire written on the mismanagement and closure of an industry that lasted for 500 yrs,50 yrs after joining into Confederation with Canada the Newfoundland fishery was shut down, Moratorium declared,35000 people out of a population of 500,000 were put out of work over night, a way of life destroyed, the coastal towns devastated, some people forgive and forget, life goes on, I to moved on but I will never forgive or forget, every morning before I go to work I face Ottawa our capital and give the government the one finger salute!

Who Whitewashed the Saltwater Elephant?

Rocky Loder

Joined April 2009

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simple mind …simple words …simple thoughts…
its not about hunting…if anyone finds this offensive i will be more than happy take it down…its just about who killed the Industry/Elephant…the people/me or the goverment/shotgun/knife…

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