We chuckled with great amazement and such
as monsters came up from the seas,
the wildebeests came close enough to touch
and spiders crawled up on our knees.
At first we were frightened, as you might expect,
until we both reached out to feel
the horns, the beard, and the skin of the gnu
that happened to be quite unreal.
For in the instant our hands touched the sight
and trembled at what we might find,
the monster was nothing more than the night
and the rest? We’d just lost our mind.
But when you’re under the living room tent
constructed of blankets and chairs
and you’re pretending to be quite upset,
it’s easy to feel all the scares.
Anything’s possible if you’ll just try
to be someone other than you,
or in some strange place on earth or the sky,
or maybe just lost in the zoo.
Then falling down in a pile on the floor
with laughter so hard that you squeal
beside the granddaughter that you adore
Hey look, Scarlet Grace, it’s a seal!
For Scarlet Grace
© 2012 Ken Shelton