Blaze On, Giraffe!

Written for Margo Roby’s Poem Tryouts: Blazon It!

“Today, I want us to explore Blazons. It’s an old form (13th c.), originally used to detail the various parts of a woman’s body; a sort of catalogue of her physical attributes. The term is taken from the official, written description of the coat of arms, called the ‘blazon of arms,’ a system to denote colours, placement, and styling by using an economy of words.”

“I see no reason a blazon cannot be written about objects, pets, animals that aren’t pets, pretty much anything that has attributes. The attributes don’t necessarily have to be physical, though those are probably easier to work with. So. Think of someone, or something, List the qualities/aspects of your chosen subject.”


Lips move in opposite directions,
as the giraffe mashes his food.
Tall and elegant, with a sense
of humor, and sweet face,
the giraffe is a quiet animal,
peacefully feeding on vegetation,
and everyone loves him,
except hyenas, but their
reputations are sordid at best.
A giraffe’s coat of puzzle shapes
is unique. The pattern does not
repeat, yet each one is coated
in rich prints. No buying off
the racks for them. Just the sight
of their knobby knees, makes
me want to put my arms around
them. What a panorama
they must see, looking at the world
from that enormous height.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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3 Responses to Blaze On, Giraffe!

  1. margo roby says:

    You make me feel the tallness when you speak of the panorama that they see. I’ve never thought of it that way.


  2. I like this very much and the panoramic view as Margo pointed out and this funny… “hyenas, but their reputations are sordid at best.”


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