See the Giraffe; he is so tall
There is not room to get him all
Upon the page. His head is higher
The picture proves it - than the Spire.
That's why the natives, when they race
To catch him, call it steeple-chase*.
His chief delight it is to set
A good example: shine or wet
He rises ere the break of day,
And starts his break-fast right away.
His food has such a way to go,
His throat's so very long, and so
An early break-fast he must munch
To get it down ere time for lunch.
*Steeplechase is an obstacle race that originated in Ireland. Originally run with horses, now it's done by people.
Written by Oliver Herford.
Read by Lisa Yannucci.