Long necks compose the upper half.
Their faces too are very long,
With velvet horns and purple tongue.

Though taller than a ten-foot pole,
Giraffes forbear to criticise
Associates of lesser size.

These gentle giants are the best
At teaching those too prone to jest
The secret of their dignity:
Living life unhurriedly.

Their locomotion may seem droll;
All lanky limbs and ambling gait,
An awkward walk for one so great.

But when they run, no one could laugh
Beholding their slow-motion pace
As silently they glide with grace.

©2018 Michael Fraley

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