Tuesday, April 26, 2011

For Annie



Zebra are seen mainly in dreams,

With licorice stripes--

And bodies of cream--



Their jewelry box hooves

Are made from the moon--

And their manes were lately

Bristles on brooms.



You can take off their heads

And fill them with clouds--

If you fill them with coins, they weigh five thousand pounds.



Lions like stars--

So they hunt in the sky--

But the zebra are hiding

Behind your closed eyes.



Zebra are seen mainly in dreams--

In the morning, they follow the sun--

When its warmth is felt, their cream bodies melt,

Then, my dear, away they run.

_______

for One Shot Wednesday

30 comments:

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hedgewitch said...

I hate to use a sickening word like delightful, but this is. I'm lovin the jewelry box hooves, and the broom bristle manes, and "if you fill them with coins they weigh five thousand pounds." Money is such a down, when you could have clouds.

PS The last stanza is magic.

HermanTurnip said...

Just to let you know, I've printed out this poem and have placed it in one of Tyler's books for our nightly story time session. Yay!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh I love this so much, and Annie is a lucky little girl, she will love it. This would make a great children's book, actually. It is magical.

haikulovesongs said...

i agree with the words delightful and magical! and wondrous and lovely and worthy of a nominee for poet laureate such as you. ♥

Matt Coughlan said...

dream zebras are neat
a shame that you hate haiku
you'd despise my blog

jen revved said...

This is so tender-- dazzling imagery especially for a children's poem. A surprise and a delightful one-- and I was very insecure about the poem I posted today-- thank you FB for calling me a show-off! xxxj

Jinksy said...

Bristle broom mane is a genius stroke... :)

Brian Miller said...

very tender shay, i enjoyed it much...

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

I'll go ahead and say it's sweet and delightful and magical and all of that...
and it's adorable as well :)

did you know a giraffe can kick the head off of a lion?
yes.
just some food for thought for your next poem :)

ayala said...

Tender and sweet!
:)

River said...

What a fun poem. You have an awesome imagination. :)

Lolamouse said...

Okay, Shay, you are amazing at writing whimsical, magical children's poems too?!! When the Talent Goddess was handing out talent, you DEFINITELY pushed people out of line and took more than one turn! No fair!!!

Daryl said...

I love this its so charming ... and I often feel as if I am made of cream under the sun's stream

DeLi said...

its a delightful read

Kim Nelson said...

Sweet. Precious. Fun. Nice :-)
Any more little platitudes I can write? Assume that I have.

yellowhousecafe said...

this one makes me smile... I think it not so much sweet, as telling, of possibilities...dream-like, much as a Sgt. Peppers song... excellent write~

Lynn said...

I love zebras - this was such a nice poem.

LauraX said...

so sweet and well...dreamy!

blueoran said...

We don't ever lose the childhood singsong of nursery rhymes deep in our inner inner ear - but how their tropes change over time. These zebras are kiddie confections with much more dangerous -- or wild - hooves. Just like adulthood. The tactile imagery is astounding here. - Brendan

Jannie Funster said...

"With Annie gone
who's eyes shall
compare to the sun?

Not that I did.
But I do now
that's she's gone."

I think that's how that one goes? From my often faulty memory that weaves in and out of what's real and not, as dreams of cream bodied zebras with clouds in their heads weave in and out of blog posts.

xoxo

marousia said...

Delightful, cute, kuwai even :)

Mama Zen said...

I love the jewelry box hooves!

RMP said...

what a lovely whimsical poem...I hope to dream of zebras tonight...

arspoetica said...

"whimsical" is the right word, i think. :) a good note on which to end the day-- with a smile! thanks!

Raven said...

You continually astound me with the depth and length of your creativity and stuff. :D

John (@bookdreamer) said...

Hurray, a fun poem that plays with words and makes you laugh

Beachanny said...

Wonderfully creative. I wanted to come up with something like that for my trochee article. I just wrote something so lame it was embarrassing. Yes, color me green with a touch of pink ...cause while I'm envious I'm so happy I got to read this from you! Gay

Patricia Caspers said...

This is fabulousness. That Annie is one lucky girl.

Andy said...

I thought this was very whimsical. I can see how kids would love this.
Nice entry.