She spreads her lanky legs,
Falling clumsily to her knees
to slurp up water-gulps.
Sprinting across the savanna,
Reaching tree-clumps; razor-sharp teeth
gathering meals at dusk.
unique as fingerprints,
revealing her true age.
Sentinel of her species,
Standing, dropping her calf to earth
from harrowing heights.
Awkward creature of grace,
Gently bending her long neck
To nurture her nestling babe.
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
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?
Ha…I guess I failed to mention the gross-ness of the giraffe…might have been another stanza…about how the giraffe cleverly uses her slimy tongue. That’s funny…thank you Kymm!
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!)
I guess their tongues serve a useful purpose. I’ll have to check it out next time..and I’m sure I’ll recall of your observation :). Thanks!
Gah giraffes are so adorakable. This is sweet.
This is sweet and adorable all rolled into one. It’s lovely writing!
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Thank you..this week, voting will be tough. The entries are beautiful and thought provoking.
Thanks…I have always loved giraffes…contradiction in awkwardness and grace. Amazing. Thanks for reading…nice to hear from you again.
So true:-)Its nice to be back among “family” 🙂