Please find below an entry in Purrsday Poetry by Martin H. Samuel:
In a race on the savannah
fleet of foot is the cheetah
at up to 75 mph
no animal can beat her
and with a top speed of 50 mph
lion is the second fastest cat
at 38 mph a leopard can’t change its spots
the lion can do that
cubs are born with them and later lose
to become lion spots have-nots
an ostrich third place will land
at up to 43 mph
if it takes its head out of the sand
tho’ cheetahs don’t have racing stripes
(Burchell’s or Grévy’s)
but they’re no boon for at 40 mph
they’re only 10 mph ahead of a yellow baboon
however no matter how fast they all run
none can beat the speeding bullet
fired from the hunter’s gun
© 2021 Martin H. Samuel
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