Animal poems - Giraffe

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     ... tall, gangly, academic

Dear Mr Giraffe, what can I say,
When you look quite ridiculous, in every way.
One thing in particular, I will point out aloud,
Your neck is so abnormally long, it plants your head in the clouds.

Dear Mr Giraffe, what's the weather like today?
As you walk through Savannah, your whole body sways.
Through your eyes the world is a giant aerial panoramic scene,
The antelope, the rhinos, wilder beasts and cats - there is no animal you don't see.

Dear Mr Giraffe, what does that quirky academic mind ponder this day?
Is it the pattern of clouds or the ever changing nature of African waterways.
Where I a bird I would be your friend, and ride on your back,
There is no other creature on these plains, more calm and relaxed.

Dear Mr Giraffe, what does it feel like to slowly chew through the thorns to reach the new leaf shoots in the upper canopy of the trees?
What does it feel like, to be so awkwardly lanky that you have to sleep on your knees.
The other animals eat each other, their thoughts always on survival and fear,
Your quirky mind wraps around with the mysteries of science, as your tongue wraps around the foliage out of reach from all others, except those that can fly.

Dear Mr Giraffe, I love your quirky dry humor, your mind and your awkward yet distinguished gate,
You are the professor of the African savannah.
Above all others, you are outstanding in your field,
Continue your self-amused pondering and never change.

            -- by Andrew Noske

About this Poem...

Animal: Giraffe
Description/motivation: I dedicate this one to my friend Graham Johnson (graham's website).
Graham is a brilliant medical illustrator turned cell biologist. An incredible nerd, and a incredible friend. Enough said. :)

This is one in a serious of poems I've written about various animals. The motivation, is that I love the idea of spirit animals, and I decided, one day, to ask many of my friend what animal they think best represents their personality. In some cases the poems are written with the person in mind... and sometimes it's purely about the animal. Read more about my process here. If you love this poem or want another written please e-mail me at :-)
This is an original poem by me!