Eletelephony is Richards' best known poem. It was adapted and aired on the enduring children's program, Sesame Street for a phonics lesson featuring the letter "e" (of course!).
Latabe the Elephant, self-portrait, safari park in UK, 2014

Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)

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