What could be an alternative meaning to this poem?

Read the attached poems (2) and answer the questions thatfollow in at least 300 words total. (American poet John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) based this poem,“The Blind Men and the Elephant”, on a fable that was told in Indiamany years ago.
It was six men ofIndostanTo learning much inclined,Who went to see the Elephant(Though all of them were blind),That each by observationMight satisfy his mindThe First approached the Elephant,And happening to fallAgainst his broad and sturdy side,At once began to bawl:“God bless me! but the ElephantIs very like a wall!”The Second, feeling of the tusk,Cried, “Ho! what have we hereSo very round and smooth and sharp?To me ’tis mighty clearThis wonder of an ElephantIs very like a spear!”The Third approached the animal,And happening to takeThe squirming trunk within his hands,Thus boldly up and spake:“I see,” quoth he, “the ElephantIs very like a snake!”The Fourth reached out an eager hand,And felt about the knee.“What most this wondrous beast is likeIs mighty plain,” quoth he;“ ‘Tis clear enough the ElephantIs very like a tree!”The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,Said: “E’en the blindest manCan tell what this resembles most;Deny the fact who canThis marvel of an ElephantIs very like a fan!”The Sixth no sooner had begunAbout the beast to grope,Than, seizing on the swinging tailThat fell within his scope,“I see,” quoth he, “the ElephantIs very like a rope!”And so these men of IndostanDisputed loud and long,Each in his own opinionExceeding stiff and strong,Though each was partly in the right,And all were in the wrong!Zen BuddhismA University Professor went to see Nan-in, a Zen Master, to find out more about Zen.As their meeting continued Nan-in was pouring Tea and continued to pour even though the cup was overflowing.The Professor cried. “Enough! No more will go in!”Nan-in replied “Like this cup you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”
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