I’m going to the zoo next week. I don’t think there’s any gnu at Taronga Zoo, but that’s okay – I don’t really think this is actually a proper ode in structure, either. I guess it could be more of a paean, but I’m not really that much of a technician, so I will continue to call it an ode. If only I’d listened to Mr Coombs in year 9 English, I would know for certain.
Study properly, kids, and eat your vegies.

Ode to the Gnu

The gnu is quite a placid beast.
Of all God’s creatures, not the least
Nor the most, in size or scope.
He has no use for lengths of rope
And will not frolic in the sea,
Or even deign to climb a tree
If by a lion he’s predated.
The gnu is quite uncomplicated.
His looks are somewhat less than fair,
And so for looks he has no care.
In fact, I doubt he thinks a jot
Or worries much about his lot.

© Darryn Roberts 2006

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