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The Zebra

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The Zebra

Zebra, Zebra! During flight
In avenues of black and white
Exhausted in a dead heat run
Prey the prize is not yet won

What beastly pride and what dart
Will circumcise thy heavy heart
No sanctuary! No retreat!
In the never ending heat

Lions seek your gaited track
Established grounds for their attack
What hungry lion's downwind s'ent?
What course?  What mane event?

Behind the heard and nearly lame
In the open and fair game
You dodged the last safari crew
Or you'd be safely in a zoo

A lion didn't get you first
You didn't stop to quench your thirst
And though yours was a valiant flight
A poacher had you in his sight

Zebra, Zebra! During flight
In avenues of black and white
The hungry lion after you
Is now the poacher's trophy too

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  1. Date: 11/13/2012 6:29:00 PM
    Life is brutal and fleeting on the African plains. Wonderful assortment of animals to fascinate us and I've often wondered why zebras could be ridden! Such a gem to read Jon.

    Cavanaugh Avatar Jon A Cavanaugh
    Date: 11/14/2012 6:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you elizabeth.
  1. Date: 11/12/2012 5:47:00 AM
    this one i got and i enjoyed the play on the blake. excellent rhyme and a very clever ending. bravo!

    Cavanaugh Avatar Jon A Cavanaugh
    Date: 11/12/2012 7:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you ilene. Just read your lemurs poem and loved it.
  1. Date: 11/12/2012 3:00:00 AM
    Do you know why do zebras have stripes Jon? .......... Because it looked so silly with squares ..... ha, ha ... Very good poem Jon. - Have a nice new week. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Cavanaugh Avatar Jon A Cavanaugh
    Date: 11/12/2012 3:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Anne-Lise. You gave me a good laugh tonight. Have a great week. Time for me to get some sleep.