National Poetry Month: The “LL” Challenge: Gazelles


The weekly Slice of Life Challenge is at Two Writing Teachers.


Hello slicers, I created a month long challenge to write poems with words link to nature that have double ‘ll’s in them.  A list can be found HERE.

Today’s word: GAZELLES

Definition: any of numerous small to medium graceful and swift African and Asian antelopes (Gazella and related

Thomson’s Gazelle, know as Tommies and Springboks

“Gazella thomsonii – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, Florida, USA – 20100916” by Micha L. Rieser – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – 

of springboks
when cheetah appear
the herd’s fast, elegant escape
on the high African grasslands
creatures who prefer
eating grass

© 2015 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved
*stotting: running and jumping high to escape predators.

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5 Responses to National Poetry Month: The “LL” Challenge: Gazelles

    Horn to horn jousting,
    Elongated strides,
    Avoiding captors,
    Accelerated rides.

    (c) Charles Waters 2015 all rights reserved.

  2. cvarsalona says:

    There is an elegant movement in this poem, Jone, like the gazelle.

  3. Kimberley says:

    You’ve accomplished so much in this shirt piece. From form to style. I’m impressed.

  4. Amy Baskin says:

    Love the shape and content of your gazelle poem, Jone. Cool fact about the etymology of ‘ghazal’/ ‘gazelle,’ too.

  5. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I learned another new word from your poem today–stotting. I wonder if I can work it into conversation tonight? I can always point to this poem with those center lines bounding away over the grassland.

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