The poem above was written by American poet John Godfrey Saxe, which he based upon Buddhist (Udana 68-69) or Jainist (Tattvarthaslokavartika 116) scripture.

The Blind Men and the Elephant are often used to suggest that all viewpoints are equally valid. I hope that my little extension of the parable dispels this notion:

The Seventh Man sat on his rock,
and gave the spit a turn,
warmed his hands upon the fire
then cried "You'll never learn.
The Elephant is cold and hard,
but, brought too close, will burn!"