The Hungry Giraffe

photo by Hans Stieglitz

Dining up high
On leaves in the sky
With the clouds
Near your eyes and the
Swifts sweeping by
Is fine, until you find your mouth is
Dry and the water
Enveloping your toes.

I’m still reading The National Geographic Book of Animal Poems. Every day. Just like a kid. This week I stopped short when I got to the two acrostic poems by Avis Harley. They use such wonderful and fun language. One thing I appreciate about them is that the vertical words are not the animal’s name; they’re about the animal, another part of the poem, another expression of the animal’s essence. The poem above is my response to Harley’s poem about giraffes which is titled “Above All” and is from her book African Acrostics.

For more Poetry Friday see Amy Ludwig VanDerwater at The Poem Farm.

(c) 2012 Elizabeth Ehrenfest Steinglass, all rights reserved

14 replies
  1. Author Amok says:

    What a great spin on an acrostic. Instead of using the word “giraffe,” “Downside” is a descriptive comment on the poem’s theme. Clever! I love the lines “with the clouds/ near your eyes and the/ swifts sweeping by.”

  2. Liz Steinglass says:

    Laura,
    Swift sweeping by was a final revision, so I’m glad you liked it!
    Liz

    Linda and Robyn,
    It really is a beautiful book. I don’t know which I like more–the poems or the photographs.
    Liz

    Hi Bridget,
    They look so graceful until it’s time for a drink. I feel so worried for them with their legs splayed like that.
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Liz

  3. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater says:

    I so like how this poem focuses on what must be such a pet peeve of all giraffes. Watery toes…but thirsty! Lovely language, and such sweetness too. I also adore that book – fantastic! Happy Poetry Friday! a.

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