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Ah, the Aardvark: Classifying Chaos in an Urban Zoo

April 22, 2013

by KJ Hannah Greenberg

Ah, the aardvark, by that badger, cons a capuchin.
Thereafter, he pauses; driving home poor dingo’s wager,
Makes the elephant, egret, ermine, eel, and emu,
Fiddle alongside falcons, gannets, likewise, gnus.

Hornets’ hijinx, hackees’ hallucinations, as well as ibexes’ notions,
Irk impalas, especially when such acts cause irascible commotions.
It’s known, too, that jackdaws, jerboas, jack rabbits, jellies,
Unabashedly watch “kissing” gouramis scoot along on bellies.

Elsewhere, lampreys laugh as loggerheads slink,
Beyond magpies, mudpups, muskrats, mink.
Plus, needlefish, nagas, nutcrackers, all get busy scrutinizing slimy newts,
Which scold shy octopi, fast osprey, maybe otters decked in fastidious suits.

Paccas pearch near puffins, pandas, panthers, pups, pudus,
Quail sing with quaggas and quokka cats, too,
As rabbits, reindeer, sprinkboks (but not shrews),
Push tamarins, tapirs, quite all sorts of tayras; they choose.

Uakaris screech their tessitura. Voles hide in form.
Wallabys whistle to wattlebirds, woodcocks, worms.
Xyloryctes beetles march in parade, unrestrained,
Past yellowhammers, yapoks, ynambus so tame.

Zebu, sweat slick, run from zorilles, given that visitors’ little
Litter, rather than human potions, lotions, pills, or vittles,
Impart sufficient cordons against hidden social skunks,
In particular, after brazen city kids get present alphabet funk.

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KJ Hannah Greenberg (website) snorts and snuffs in poetry and prose. Her most recent books include: A Bank Robber’s Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfriend (Unbound CONTENT, 2011, a full-length poetry collection); Fluid & Crystallized, (Fowlpox Press, 2012, a poetry chapbook); Supernal Factors (The Camel Saloon Books on Blog, 2012, a poetry chapbook); and Don’t Pet the Sweaty Things (Bards & Sages Publishing, 2012, a short fiction collection).

  1. terry fernando newton
    April 22, 2013 at 9:25 am

    wow Greenberg really was very creative with his work really give you awareness…national writer/talent reveiwer/highliter of people–poet terry fernando newton

  2. terry fernando newton
    April 22, 2013 at 9:27 am

    error not his work but her work

  3. April 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

    terry fernando newton:

    what a wonderful voice you have for sharing poetry a loud (I Googled you and especially enjoyed your bedtime poem)!

    channie (KJ Hannah Greenberg)

  4. April 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Challenging task, and wonderfully executed. The listen is great, too!

  5. drkarenjoy
    April 23, 2013 at 6:19 am


    TY :) Love your website!!!


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