DAILY PHOTO: Snake in a Creek

Taken at the Reynolds Nature Preserve in Morrow, Georgia in July of 2012

DAILY PHOTO: Muscovy Duck, Struttin’ and Primpin’

Taken at General Coffee State Park in the Autumn of 2011

POEM: Animal Observations

 sitting on a stone

-grassless

-hopless

and you call yourself a grasshopper!

 

I know I shouldn’t, but I anthropomorphize.

I can’t see this orangutan without hearing the words,

“Ya borin’ me!”

play in my mind

 

parents lunged to cover impressionable eyes,

but someday they will be adults

who wonder about the mechanics

of how baby giraffes get made

 

Dear Flamingos,

Stop hiding your heads.

It freaks out the tourists,

making them think there is a pile of heads in some other corner of the Zoo.

POEM: Pelican on a Piling

wings flare,

a nanosecond of hover,

and a deft drop onto the column —

the piling of a pier of years long past?

it waits with chin tucked to chest,

perhaps, to look down for fish,

or, perhaps, so that the fish in the water

can’t see the fish flapping in its pouch

or is that only in the cartoons?

long before I’d seen a pelican in person

they’d been popular on the cartoon shows

mind you, not as popular as the storks —

unitaskers who delivered animated babies

precariously — I might add — in loose linen bundles,

clenched into their pointy needle-beaks.

And I can’t remember how the storks landed

without impaling the baby with its pointy beak

or bouncing baby’s head off the ground.

Maybe, that’s why there are so many mentally defective cartoon characters:

e.g. Goofy, Ralph Wiggum, Patrick Star, Chris Griffin…

Not to mention the emotionally ill-adjusted ones:

e.g. Yosemite Sam, Eyore, Pepe LePew, Ariel,…

Because it’s all about sticking the landing.