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WILD THING YOU MAKE MY HEART SING

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We have gone to the Kruger Park, and are now back, All roads there are paved, But for adventure, you can drive along very doable Sand roads, the crocodile river runs parallel to These sand roads and if you are lucky you can spot Hippos Or Crocs, which we did see. Animals during the day go to drink there and at Water-holes at their own peril, all sand-roads have a link Back to paved roads. The park is huge, they have had little or no rain, The camp, Pretoriuskop, we stayed at, the terrain Was dry, the grass yellow and the leaves on each tree Brittle and dry, like a tinderbox waiting to be lit, Yet animals we saw by the score, Especially impala, birthing season, calves galore Also saw two of the big six birds, the ground hornbill and And a saddle-billed stork, as well as a blue crane, South Africa’s national bird. Elephants we saw in abundance, Poachers for now, have left the elephants alone, And concentrate on poor rhinos who they shoot, And desecrate them using a chain saw to remove, Their horns right up to their flesh and bone. Warthogs are so comical to watch as they forage, For roots and bulbs, we saw a family and a loner, And zebras elegantly dressed in black and white Stripes, simply a delight to watch, But are skittish and wary not to be the lions’ next catch. The mighty king and his ladies evaded us this time, However, what we saw was both mesmerizing and sad, A leopard with his kill high up in a tree, a chance in A million we would ever see something like this, he had Secured his kill and unaware of us, started to devour, His meal, about thirty cars one after the other arrived, Each jostling for a position to see and take photos, Despite the gore, it was magnificent to see For everyone that had gathered, including Elias and me We saw Wildebeest, quite often and also buffalo, But the buffalo were quite far, we took a photo anyway And we also saw a baby hyena trying to cross the road To to his mama, so scared was he as he inched His way then ran to his siblings and mum, but the Bush was thick and we couldn’t see them, however Ahead was another hyena, a teenager lying halfway Across the road, a car must have hit him and sped, No one obviously saw this person, so he or she did not Have to report the Incident to management, this person Simply from the crime scene fled. We saw giraffes, but my favourite to park and watch, quietly For they are sharp, are the ellies, and heaven help you if you get Between her and her young, just put your pedal to the metal And run! But you can keep your distance which we did And watched mama elephant with her two babies, so cute, Her every stance tells you watch it, I’m watching you And I can be an absolute brute! We watched them playing in the water for quite some time, What a privilege they allow us to come so close, Animals can’t talk, but if they could, I’m sure they’d be verbose. Every evening you have to be back at the camp by Six o’clock, everyone starts their braais, time to chill out And discuss your sights of the day, Elias loves this ritual As he watches his braai and has a beer or two, What a joy to be here, hope our excitement with the park Is contagious which I have endeavoured to portray. PS: WILD THING – A SONG SUNG BY THE TROGGS

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Date: 12/17/2022 4:10:00 PM
What an adventure! I would love that. Reads very well and was a thrill.
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Date: 10/27/2022 2:11:00 PM
Great penning Jennifer with amazing imagery and insightfulness too. Also brings memories of holidays in SA and visited a safari park on the garden route. Hope all is well with you, I'm just recovering from week indoors having had covid, but thankfully feeling better. Blessings and hugs,Gordon
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Date: 10/15/2022 5:17:00 AM
Wild and beautiful....your descriptive narrative certainly makes my heart sing, Jenny! I have always dreamt of going on safari, but probably it will remain in the bucket :) ~ Warm regards & Hugs // paul
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Date: 10/10/2022 7:15:00 AM
I ventured into your narrative, Jennifer! We see the animals in their moments. Life is indeed messy and beautiful. God bless!
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Date: 9/26/2022 5:51:00 PM
I've been to Kreuger years ago and it was so great to see all this again through your eyes! Sooo well done! Thanks! Elizabeth
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Date: 9/24/2022 6:35:00 PM
If animals could talk,... they might want us to leave them alone. Who knows? Either that or they'd ask us to host them in our neighborhoods some time. Tit for tat... Again, who knows? ~ Just PARROTing something I've heard. lol.
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Date: 9/17/2022 3:53:00 PM
I'm overwhelmed by the animals you saw! Do you live near this park? If so, you are incredibly lucky. What I would give... Thank you for your beautiful narrative poem. If you have Netflix, I urge you to watch Our National Parks. It's about parks all over our Earth, and what a beautiful Earth it is.
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Date: 9/17/2022 6:10:00 AM
wow, what an amazing place & yes, my friend, you did a great job - I felt as though I were there
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Date: 9/17/2022 6:09:00 AM
wow, what an amazing place & yes, my friend, you did a great job - I felt as though I were there
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Date: 9/12/2022 8:25:00 AM
Loved this excursion of yours Jennifer. Loved how you shared all these wonderful moments that you saw. You did a wonderful job in describing these wonderful animals. You took us with you with your words and touched our hearts with the great visuals you had. Your Narration was lovely. What you noticed shows the admiration and love you have for all these animals... God bless you and thank you for sharing...
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Date: 9/11/2022 11:15:00 AM
gosh ellies, huh? Haven't heard of those before. You sure described a lot of wild animals. How cool to see them in their natural element. Long ago when I got to study in Madrid, we took a trip down south to the tip of Africa, across from Strait of Gibralter. It was either there or in southern Spain that we got to do a small safari tour inside a bus. but your experience seems much more eventful than mine was. Very nicely done . thanks for your recent visit to my poetry, dear.
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Date: 9/11/2022 11:11:00 AM
before I read the poem, I will always remember this song. I think it's the one I danced to in front of the entire student body at my high school. I do not even remember why I was dancing. It's just a memory flash I have!! Maybe the song was born to be Wild!!
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Date: 9/10/2022 9:53:00 PM
Yes i remember the song, Jennifer, And a big 'thank you' for the journey, one i'll never see close up. The energy the effort of your pen to bring this to us all here at PS, is indeed fantastic, love it. harry
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Date: 9/10/2022 9:18:00 PM
A charming narrative of your recent escapade with the wild kingdom, told in your signature style with intriguing details, gentle rhymes, and a storyteller's flair. Love the ellies! A wonderful read, my friend. Hugs and blessings ~ John
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Date: 9/10/2022 6:02:00 PM
Wow, thank you for leading us through something so amazing, that I cannot even imagine. Here, we delight in lizards, toads, javelinas (wild pigs), coyotes, and jackrabbits. We can see the animals you speak of at the zoo, but how incredibly amazing to see these creatures wild and free! Thank you for your much appreciated and descriptive write :)
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Date: 9/10/2022 11:09:00 AM
Sounds delightful to see all the animals in their natural habitat, Guess the lions were somewhere snoozing, I enjoyed the read Jennifer
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Date: 9/10/2022 7:47:00 AM
Very descriptive and informative work you have penned in this one. I hope that you can in time go back and use this to create some mini works like Haiku, Jueju,etc. Sara
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Date: 9/10/2022 2:39:00 AM
A visit to the zoo or a safari. Great descriptions considering there are so many animals in S. Africa. Beautiful narrative.
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Date: 9/9/2022 9:13:00 PM
You are a great story teller dear Jenni...This is so descriptive as you take the readers on a journey to the park...Loved your observation of the ellies, the mama elephant and her babies...Enjoyed reading my friend...Have a blessed day...Hugs...~ Ani
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Date: 9/9/2022 10:54:00 AM
Jennifer, it sounds like an amazing adventure! We should always be more mindful that we share our world! Animals are magnificent! Happy Friday xxoo
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Date: 9/8/2022 8:31:00 PM
Sounds like one of my dreams during a short daytime nap. ~ Mr. Imagination Cap
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Date: 9/8/2022 2:52:00 PM
Absolutely delightful and de-lovely Jennifer! I feel like I have been on a phot o safari with you capturing images of God's magnificent creations in the canvass God designed for them - the ark re-visited through you wonderful words. Thank you for taking us with you! Blessings and hugs dear friend!
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Date: 9/8/2022 12:01:00 PM
What a great poem and true story Jennifer, you certainly seen everything and more on safari, I’m delighted you had such an incredible up close experience, hope the person was ok after the hit and run incident, cheers David
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Date: 9/7/2022 9:33:00 AM
To me, it sounded such as the journey of a lifetime or an adventure that you shared together. Absolutely adored every word, my dear friend. Warm Hugs and blessings
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Date: 9/6/2022 5:10:00 PM
Sounds like the vacation of a lifetime to me, Jennifer. Loved every word my friend. Write On! Bill
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