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Zebras

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Zebras

Blue sky forms the fortress of their world

I can picture them- the ebony and white
velvet stripes, the arch of necks, the
flint-edged hooves
Beneath the weather-regimented trees
 they gather in the heat- to rest

Heat waves and the dreaded grunt of beasts of prey
then the  hegira, enmasse
following
the calling of the rain
a vital splash of life-
they heed the voices
 of the seasons change- along the hidden
 pathways of
 the sun browned plains

Suzanne Delaney

he•gi•ra also he•ji•ra (hi-ji'r?, hej'?r-?)  
n. 
1.	A flight to escape danger. 
2.	also Hegira The flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 A.D., marking the beginning of the Muslim era.
[Medieval Latin, from Arabic hijra, emigration, flight, from hajara, to depart.]

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  1. Date: 7/13/2013 3:36:00 PM
    Suz this is a powerful and beautiful poem. A deeply held view of wildlife conveyed in your work. I've painted zebras, and there is no two a like. Their stripe are like our fingerprints. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/11/2013 3:30:00 PM
    Lovely jungle story with zebras on their hejira to safety. Colorful and pretty free verse! G. :)

  1. Date: 7/10/2013 3:50:00 PM
    I remember you telling me you have lived in many different places in your lifetime as I have...This tells me you have at least visited Africa?...There's no other place I would rather see in my lifetime...I am fascinated with these wonderful creatures you describe so elegantly - Tim

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 7/11/2013 12:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Tim: Thanks for your nice comments. I have never been to Africa in person but love Nature Documentaries so this is just from watching Natiional Geographic and shows like that. I hope you get to fulfill your wish to go there.I have another poem I wrote about zebras in a zoo that I will post soon.
  1. Date: 7/9/2013 2:51:00 PM
    Great read about beautiful creature, thanks for sharing SuZ peter

  1. Date: 7/9/2013 1:49:00 AM
    Wow oh my i admire dis poem as much as i adore d beauty zebras, coz of my name i was nicknamed zebra by family. A fab poem u hav here and d effect to me is enhanced by d word hejira.

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 8:46:00 PM
    Lovely write,,, suz, ive always been facinated by the beauty of zebras.....there ebony & ivory coat makes them so unique and distinct. I really enjoyed reading your poem,,,, beautifully written. Ty4sharing cherie...

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 9:29:00 AM
    beautiful and full of mother nature and her creation, a delight to read, enjoyed, ~p.d.

  1. Date: 7/8/2013 8:39:00 AM
    What atmosphere! National Geographic should have a word with you. :) Nicely done!