The Earth heard a heartbeat
Like the pitter-patter of rain
And there lay in her craggy lap
The fruit of the womb, a tungsten flame.
The lone monarch of the wastelands
A blue-blood by birth
An oriflamme of an age-old battle
A torch-bearer for the Earth.
Born to a namesake land
He was the past, present and future rolled-into-one
An expression, an extension of kith and kin
To the bipeds a savior, a chance at a second run.
But to his mother, a babe
Who for 18 months she bore
A child to be left unencumbered
With the murderous truth of yore.
Over time he grew, a fine specimen of his kind
Became a father to three and grandfather to one
But he still had a job to complete
Which could lead to The End, if left undone.
But age took its toll
The bells had rung their chime
He was finally free now
To munch on the grass of time.
Given the honor of a guard
He spent his days in drowsy delight
Had his own tinder account*
Drawing attention from every king and knight.
Finally released was he from his mortal frame
Allowed to exit from this vicious play
Now onward he lumbers, to his next pasture
Look at him going, he takes your breath away.
Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino in the world, died on March 19, 2018, due to age-related problems. More on this here.
*Sudan was one of the few endangered animals to be on Tinder; an attempt to save his kind from extinction.
Image sources: Huffington Post