Archive for April 2007:

Garden of Enchantment

Lush green leaves velvety smooth
Laced with strings of pearly dewdrops
Sparkle brightly in the sunlight that
Filters dappling through high treetops

The chameleon silently gazes and lazes
Stretched on a skinny ochre brown twig
Hopefully sticking out its threadlike tongue
To capture an insect or a falling rainy swig

The toad all puffed up in importance
Swaggers around fearlessly in rippling
Waters hopefully foraging away for
A choice morsel from its prey darting

Lofty thick tree trunk holds a spotted python
Spiraled on its surface lounging laconically
Having partaken a fancy feast of a hare
Having stunned and swallowed it unaware

Jumping monkeys hang high like trapeze artists
Swinging effortlessly from one bough to another
Merrily gossiping in clutches eating bananas
Carefully peeling away sans any jungle bwanas
The air is suddenly rent with sounds of thrashing
Trumpeting herd of elephants rushes by hastily
Escaping the pride of ferocious lions who sense
A great kill, causing uproar and things crashing

The peace and stillness is disturbed for a short span
The chameleon hides, the toad swims away hiding under
Water, the monkeys with their hearts aflutter disappear
But the python still hangs loose with nary a fear

Then all peace and quiet returns, once again the jungle with
Grassy shady knolls, exotic flowers, pristine babbling brooks
Hodgepodge of animals playing amicably becomes a dreamy
Beckoning temptress, a veritable Garden of Enchantment

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Aristotle, Parts of Animals
Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC – 322 BC)