Giraffe at Augrabies

Stillness on the open windswept veld:
layers of birdsong weaving
beetle and cicada wings clicking
the roar of hot breezes.

A shadow canters, head down,
moving soundless between trees.
At a safe distance it pauses,
turns and stretches to full height,
stands watching,
magnificent,
silent by camel thorn tree.

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