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Community Safari To Africa

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Member Empyrean
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0 posted 08-26-99 06:10 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

So there we were, in Africa
The land of mystery!
So many sights and strange delights
Were there for us to see.
We loaded our safari bus,
Employed a native guide..
We aimed our jeep for jungles deep
And this is what we spied........

With Guide Chahi, his khaki's donned
Binoculars clenched in our hand
This grand safari now wends on
Through Kenya's plains and vast grassland

Chahi's admonishment, we're told,
"Heed well this word - Dare not to stray
From this safari's safe enfold.
The risk's too great - You'll be the prey."

He said we must look carefully
Wild life is camouflaged to hide
In blades of grass, betwixt each tree -
Savanna's their open reside

It seemed that hours had passed on by,
When first we spied - in silent gaze
O'er clutched acacia looming high
Stance sentinel so more could graze

His gentle eyes and regal crown
With mottled flank, Maasai Giraffe
Long neck with shades of tans and brown
His cow beside with yearling calf.

Demeanor pure omniscient grace
All knowledge his before the pride
His eye on us, the bull set pace
An instant ballet flanked our side.

One herd of syncopated dance
Pedalian legs in harmony
We looked behind for one last glance
Continued on our trek to see.....

Poet DeVine

The birds fly up in fright
she is walking in the night
pacing left,
pacing right
the prey now within her sight
sniffing out the jungle breeze
she will do
what she will please
striking now with fierce ease
bringing food, hunger to appease
Tiger, Tiger
full pride and dignity
beautiful for the world to see
I watch from a truck’s safety
can you see the fear in me?
Cubs tumbling after you in fun
suddenly you turn to run
finding food before rise of sun
tonight’s victim taken,

I spied through spreading canopies
A troupe of traversing Chimpanzees,
Yet one apart did catch my eye
Swung low from branches way up high
That hung from arms as well as feet
This distant cousin I did meet.
Wide saucer ears human like face
Yet sprouting hair from every place,
He scratched his nose then waved an arm
So captivating with his charm.
I watched an hour went by or more
He in his tree and I the floor
Wondering what he thought of me,
Just another old Chimpanzee?
Sally S.

I spied an odd-toed ungulate referred to as a "Rhino"
Upon my trip to Africa atop an altiplano.
I did not want to get too close, I feared she may take charge.
You see she had a gastly smell and that horn was rather large.
She snailed around covered in birds, I found that simply funny.
I hear she also has fine hairs. I think I'll call her "Bunny".
She'll charge towards most anything. She thinks she's got the right.
But what the others do not know, she simply has poor sight.
I feel for that poor Rhino...she hasn't got a friend.
Yet I think I'll keep my distance...No horns near this back end!

Then in the sky so cerulean in the colossal trees;
I saw a exquisite toucan fly past with great
This captivating bird so colorful and eye-catching;
All I could do was watch as it spread a lone
Then in the distance I detected a quartet more;
Of these enchanting birds whom I positively adore;
I just stood there and beheld the family of five;
The wonderous sight which made me glad to be alive.

Scavengers of the Sarengeti,
...Carrion eaters of the plains,
Reviled my man and beast alike,
...Doth feed on death's remains,
Bloodcurdling screams, the hounds of hell,
...As shadows of the night,
Lurk in darkness, beside death's door,
...Soon bones shall feel their bite,
Across the plains, all creatures call
...Their offspring to the fold,
Hyena's laugh cuts through the night,
...As mother's blood runs cold,
With rising sun, the plains are bare,
...As bones have gone away,
Hyenas in their burrows hide,
...As death has gone away.

Heavy silence spans the valley,
bright new moon lies o'er head.
A sudden, strange sensation,
it's the nighttime filled with dread!

I hear a plaintive, howling call,
the beasts, they seem so near.
And I wonder what foul evil comes,
that these creatures sense with fear.

Then through the murky, clouded fog,
down deep in jungle's night;
there's two keen gems before me,
white gold that shines so bright!

I feel a wave of terror,
come crashing through my soul.
I breathe anticipation,
and pray I'm not it's goal.

What manner demon, vile is this,
that flows across the ground?
With perfect, flawless prowess,
its footsteps make no sound!

I cast a gaze around myself,
frenzied panic wells within.
There's no escaping fury,
of those eyes if I'm the end.

Then the haze of fog, it clears,
a moment short in time.
No laughter peals from my lips,
a gaping fool is what I mime.

This is no devil cursed with sin,
to send my heart to hell.
No illness reeked upon the land,
it's a form I know so well!

The great black cat then pauses low,
it scans the view I see.
Its muscles bunch beneath its skin.
I prepare myself to flee!

But the shadow quickly passes by,
and not a scratch I feel.
Just a piercing screech behind me,
as the panther kills its meal.

Then I see the eyes again,
they flit a graceful dance.
And I wonder if that zebra knew,
it never had a chance.

The tsetse fly flew
Toward the sky so blue
And just then i knew
Which animal to chronicle
After my trip to the land
With pyramids and sand.
The trip was quite grand,
Quite a spectacle!
I spied through the dense jungle of brilliant emerald green,
A great and powerful python, a vision so rarely seen.
Slumbering lazily in a giant tree laid the vicious snake,
And the very sight of him made me wildly tremble and quake.
Our friendly safari guide assured me I had no reason to worry,
But even though he was almost harmless, away from him I hurried.
For there is a reason for me to be afraid of this python you see,
For they eat the little people, and I am only four foot three!

The herd of gazelle breaks through the trees
moving toward water with caution and unease.
Though they sense danger, thirst drives them on
they’ve been watching the horizon since dawn.

As the leader steps forward, ears perked for sound
he slowly moves onward the herd follows down.
As each dip their noses to drink from this pool
the water tastes sweet, the rains made it cool.

In the tall grasses the cheetah lies low
he watches the passing of gazelle down below.
He searches the herd for the weakest and small
and begins to move forward with low hunters crawl.

The herd is down wind they don’t catch his scent
the leaders to late to warn that dangers present.
The herd breaks apart the cheetah springs forth
and follows the nearest gazelle to the north.

As one of the elders dash left and then right
the cheetah sprints forward his noon meal in sight.
The frightened gazelle breaks to the south
the cheetah lunges and grabs hind leg with his mouth.

I watch as the cheetah brings this fight to a stop
and stands with his treasure in weeds where it dropped.
The sight of this capture fills my heart with strife,
but this is just nature.. the circle of life .
Tara Simms
Do you see the grasses swaying?
Did you think it was just the wind?
There stands a striped creature,
a zebra hides within.

Hiding from its hunter
in the tall African grass.
It pauses, too scared to move,
as the panther runs past.

Usually the zebra's camouflaged
stripes of black and white
protects it from being prey--
but not tonight.

The hunter smells its fear
and charges in for the kill.
I wince as I hear its death cries:
tortured and shrill.

I shake my head sadly
as I ponder the animal's fate.
That poor zebra didn't know
it was going to be ate.

I spied a Collared Lizard
asleep there on the ground
little fellow of many colors
yellow, green, orange and brown

A Boa came slithering toward him
"Oh No!" my heart did beg
But to my delight, he bolted upright
and ran swiftly on tiny rear legs!

I came upon a city rising out of the African veldt,
It consisted of one high rise and really nothing else.
All the tenants were very busy and left me all alone,
"What a friendly place," I thought. "It's here I'll build my home."
The view was open and plentiful except in one direction,
The high rise blocked the view I needed for meditative reflection.
And so I asked the tenants if they would soon vacate,
Their muddy little hovel before I began to excavate.

Since they didn't seem to care about my eviction notice,
I assumed they wouldn't mind a lot if I used explosives.
And so I knocked upon their door (but not too long or loud),
And then I lit the fuse and watched that high rise make a cloud.

It seemed the tenants dimly viewed their brand new home address,
Because they came back down to earth seemingly in distress.
They gathered themselves together as a Termite Welcome Wagon,
And paid a visit to my camp with their hungry jaws a snappin'.

I'm a salty sailor with a medical discharge from the sea.
For when the decks were heaving, my wooden pegleg hampered me.
I haven't urban renewal experience, I thought I could make it painless.
My new leg from Sears is coming tomorrow, and this time it will be stainless.
Fred Hobbs
Behold that elephant out there
A big old dude, ain’t got much hair
Can pull a tree up by the roots
He chases guys in khaki suits
Eats grass and leaves and jungle fruits
Don’t be too close though when he toots

He’s got a real outrageous trunk
He uses that for lifting junk
And spraying water, dust and dirt
At passing females just to flirt
If hunters come around to hurt
He trumpets out a loud alert

Behold him now but best look fast
Because his days may soon be past
His ivory tusks are highly sought
And chances are he may be shot
By poachers getting paid a lot
For every ivory tusk they’ve brought
To sleazy merchants, seldom caught...

Noone seems to notice me
as I float silently by
but I see them as I float
but I can't wave or say hi

I wish I could be free
of this weight of mine
and fly like the birds
but I move fast in my mind

All the other creatures
believe I am slow
because I don't swim, and
splash to and fro

But I see everything
the detail, the leaves
I alone
see the forest through the trees

This slow moving creature
you see before you
has the wisdom of seeing
the lies through the truth

They all can sqauwk and flap
their wings
they can swim circles
and make fancy rings

but they just keep going
around and around
covering all the same ground

I on the other hand
have seen what's beneath
and I go slow enough
that I can reach
the truth

The spider scampered high on the limb
The swampman knew his outlook was grim
Remembering his umbrella, it would protect him
From the poisonous bite, that soon could infect him
Caught unexpected, he uttered an oath
Just before an alligator swallowed them both
Rubbing its belly, sighing in content
The gator laughed at the twisted event

You all think Sunshine only comes out during day
but I too like to watch the night-time animals play.
So you’ll excuse me if I slightly cackle,
my animal in Africa to watch was the jackal.

Slightly ugly animals at their best
they are usually found following nature’s quest
of cleaning the environment, the nasty little beast,
on all sorts of carcasses they usually feast.

But did you know they are societal beasts?
Not like human jackals who are usually cheats.
A mis-named dog of sorts, they roam the barren plains
They’ll eat certain plants and all sorts of other remains.

Their coat is yellow-gray, they’re smaller than a wolf
They’ll hunt prey in packs, otherwise they’re aloof.
You’ll mostly find them roaming around at night
And in their band, moms, dads, pups, they hang tight.
19 August, 1999

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 08-26-99).]
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Poet deVine
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1 posted 08-26-99 07:09 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

I've read them all separately as they were posted but together they are wonderful ... and I like all the graphics! I'm ready for the next community poem!
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2 posted 08-26-99 07:48 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I came home tired and discouraged from a rotten day... and you took me on a delightful vacation! Thank you, poets... great job!
Rosemary J. Gwaltney
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since 08-26-99
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3 posted 08-26-99 08:46 PM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney

This was a treat! I enjoyed the pictures,too.
Member Rara Avis
since 07-22-99
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4 posted 08-26-99 09:40 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

You guys have done a wonderful job! Great pictures, and I even learned some things about animals i didn't know.
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5 posted 08-26-99 09:52 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Magnificent portrayal of nature and teamwork. This likes me much.

Shall I indulge in flights of fancy hampered by clipped wings?

Seymour Tabin
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6 posted 08-26-99 11:37 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

I stand in awe of this effort.
a wonderful communal happening.
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since 08-19-99
Posts 3134
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7 posted 08-27-99 12:01 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

This was a wonderful treat for me! I will probably never make it to Africa physically but thanks to you all for taking me there in my minds eye. Wonderfully done!!


Member Seraphic
since 05-20-99
Posts 24426
Cape Cod Massachusetts USA

8 posted 08-27-99 06:20 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

We bad!!!!!
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9 posted 06-13-2010 08:21 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

This was fun to re read..
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