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Poetry Friday: Rain at the Zoo by Kristen Tracy

August 22nd, 2008 (07:39 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Moving Too Fast from The Last Five Years

A giraffe presented its head to me, tilting it
sideways, reaching out its long gray tongue.
I gave it my wheat cracker while small drops
of rain pounded us both. Lightning cracked open
the sky. Zebras zipped across the field.
It was springtime in Michigan.

So begins Rain at the Zoo by Kristen Tracy. (Excerpt posted here with Kristen Tracy's expressed permission.) To read the poem in full, please visit American Life in Poetry.

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Comments

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 22nd, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Barbara H.

What a neat picture painted with words!

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts
http://barbarah.wordpress.com/

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Barbara H.

Kristen has a great way with words.
Have you read her novels?

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 22nd, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
TadMack says: :)

One of my happiest memories of Christmas Eve was feeding giraffes with my little sister one year. She was just wee, and she was trying to GRAB that gray tongue (she later tried to poke a goat in the eye. Poor unprotected barnyard animals! Save them from the rampaging two year olds...). It was freezing and raining then, too. Love this one. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: TadMack says: :)

Oh, how sweet! I want to free them.

Kristen's poetry is fantastic.

Posted by: kellyrfineman (kellyrfineman)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)

I read that one just the other day at ALP, plus a comment from Ted Kooser on how the rain was what made the poem sing. It's such a great poem.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)

Yay! I'm so glad that you saw it over there!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: August 22nd, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)

I like that. Captures the weirdnesses and beauty and mysteries of a zoo visit well.

Jules, 7-Imp

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)

Indeed. :)

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