Joyce Lo


Like a penguin, you cannot fly
With a neck as tall and skinny as yours, it’s frightening.
You are the largest bird out there
And in one kick, you could kill me.

In savannas you roam
Dry and deserted, just the way you like it.
You’re an omnivore, no doubt about it
With those sharp claws that could make me bleed with one scratch
And your toothless beak is only for the plants you eat.
You have these big dark feathers, yet only on your body
As if someone plucked all the feathers off your neck and legs
Why is that?

I think you are burying your head in the sand
But really, you are ducking down and waiting for me to walk the other direction
And with the largest eye of any land animal,
You can see my every move.
You’re almost twice my height and three times my weight
And you still ask why I’m terrified of you?


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