The Art of Survival

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “The Art of (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “The Art of Writing,” “The Art of Painting,” “The Art of Showing Up to Parties Fashionably…~

Friday 12th April 2019


Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-A-Day on Writers Digest

The Art of Survival

By John Yeo

Giraffes are an example of selective breeding,
Thousands of years as a means of survival,
Their necks have grown  longer and longer.
By stretching aloft  to the tallest of trees
Where the sweetest shoots burst forth
They feed high above their competitors reach.
Survival of the tallest and fittest.

The  benefit of height to assuage hunger
With their heads in the clouds at the treetops
Their necks growing longer and longer
The unfortunate giraffes would soon have to bend
To reach down to satisfy their hunger.
The reversal of the accepted survival law.
Survival of the shorter and fittest.

Would shorter giraffes with an easier reach
Be able to feed from the tops of the trees
Become the more attractive to females?
Would shorter necks become the norm
After a few generations of breeding?
Charles Darwin certainly would be delighted,
Survival of the strongest and fittest.

🌏 © Written by John Yeo all rights reserved.