Savanna: Survival

Pentax K30, ISO1600, 18mm, f/5.0, 1/25sec.
Pentax K30, ISO1600, 18mm, f/5.0, 1/25sec.

Oddest creature:
She spreads her lanky legs,
Falling clumsily to her knees
to slurp up water-gulps.
She survives.

Tallest mammal:
Sprinting across the savanna,
Reaching tree-clumps; razor-sharp teeth
gathering meals at dusk.
She survives.

Strangest denizen:
Darkening spots,
unique as fingerprints,
revealing her true age.
She survives.

Nascent birth-giver:
Sentinel of her species,
Standing, dropping her calf to earth
from harrowing heights.
She survives.

Selfless mother:
Awkward creature of grace,
Gently bending her long neck
To nurture her nestling babe.
They survive.

imageTrifecta Writing challenge:

GRACE (noun)

1a : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification…b : a virtue coming from God…c : a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
2a : approval, favor …b archaic : mercy, pardon…c : a special favor : privilege …d : disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency…e : a temporary exemption : reprieve

3a : a charming or attractive trait or characteristic….b : a pleasing appearance or effect : charm …c : ease and suppleness of movement or bearing

11 Comments on “Savanna: Survival

  1. Love the grace of the giraffe.
    But did I ever tell you of the time I was standing in the giraffe house under a steady rain at Whipsnade, watching the giraffe clean her nostril with her tongue?


  2. Awkward creature of grace is such a unique description. Giraffes are beautiful animals (though their long, slimy tongues made me squeamish when we fed them at the zoo!)


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