Poem, 21 February 2022, hellopoetry.com:
Gigantic Giraffe by Paul Butters
A gigantic, great giraffe thrusts his head
With that incredibly long neck,
Up into the high trees
To kiss the canopy.
He nibbles at those leaves,
Swirling them into his mouth
With that enormous tongue.
With his mottled, mosaic-patterned hide
He looks like a leopard on stilts
As he towers over all he surveys.
He’s not the most stylish of runners
With those spindly legs
But with that ever so long neck
This Giraffe is the king of the sky.
Only birds like Eagles can look down
On the Giraffe.
He is the highest mammal around
Tall and proud
Seemingly miles above the ground.
The giraffe is peculiar and fascinating; elegant and graceful yet awkward too. Coordination and balance are art forms as it lopes along the plains of African lands. Curious, it sticks its nose and tongue into everything, eating thorns and thistles with ease. Quiet and serene, it does not grunt and groan, because all it needs is one swift kick to fend off any nuisance in its way.
ADVICE: It may be a time for you to get a new perspective now, to see the big picture – not in the weeds of detail but in the overall, overarching vision of your task, your project, your job, your relationship, your life. Fend off challenges quietly, but decisively. Be curious, but be cautious. Stretch yourself – your views, your opinions, your neck – but don’t put it on the chopping block! Aspire to higher learning and higher ideals. Align with your highest purpose, but keep grounded, and chew on your ideas a bit more. And, as your parents said, chew your food properly so that you can grow straight and tall! Love your height, for you see all.
“Does the giraffe know what he’s for? Or care? Or even think about his place in things? A giraffe has a black tongue twenty-seven inches long and no vocal cords. A giraffe has nothing to say. He just goes on giraffing.” – Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Tallest land animal
Long neck, legs, and tongue
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
REFERENCES: A combination of the following Oracle cards were used (with a dash of my own lifelong learning).
Archangel Animal Oracle Cards by Diana Cooper
L’Oracle du Peuple Animal by Arnaud Riou
Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides by Steven Farmer
The Druid Animal Oracle Deck by Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm
The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid
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