From Baby Giraffe, a terrible poem

Mummy dear and tall:

I know you love me,

But why did I fall?

Why did I walk once dumped from six feet off the ground

Within the sixty minutes of my entry to this Earth that’s brown and round but not very sound?

(Because I hadn’t walked for 453 to 464 days.)

Yes, that’s why the ground was not very sound;

Though I made a sound when I landed on the dirt

‘ Cause it hurt.

Next time I thank

I’d rather have a doctor’s spank.


Giraffes have a gestation period of about 15 months, then the baby giraffe falls from his standing mother’s birth canal. It’s a drop of five or six feet. This helps break the umbilical cord and amniotic sac, plus avoid being sat upon by a long-limbed mother.

The babies recover quickly and are ready to walk by the time an hour’s passed.


©2019 Chelsea Owens

22 thoughts on “From Baby Giraffe, a terrible poem

  1. There’s a lesson in that poem for us all. I hope you award yourself some prize at the end of the week. I don’t want to preclude anything but I wouldn’t mind being a guest judge this week!

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  2. So here’s your book idea. A collection of funny poems about animals followed by a little factoid that explains the silly poem and then the reader learns something.

    Also, giraffes are more advanced than humans.

    Do you know that giraffes are going extinct? On my blog I’ve theorized its because of their long necks. They can’t really get busy when their heads are so far apart. I don’t know that for sure though. I’m not a giraffe scientist.

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    1. I’m aiming for a similar idea and much younger audience. 🙂 I’m glad you think the idea has merit.

      And I didn’t know that about giraffes! That would explain why I found so many articles about the pregnant giraffe at the zoo.

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