A Stripe of a Different Color
The Zebras in the forest, happily play
But one of them said to another one day
“Have you noticed, Zelda , my dear
I think she is rather queer.
She has white stripes where there
Should be black”. “No, dear
I hadn’t.” “Well, she does
And you know what that means.”
” Yes, I know what that means
we must sound the alarm, for all to hear
among us there is someone queer,
one we must be wary of and not
go near. Especially the children.
For I fear, that some harm will
come from having white stripes
where there should be black.”
‘It’ may rub off, I fear” “Yes, dear,
I hear, and, I too fear
That much harm will come from
One of us not being like we have
always been.” “Yes, and doing
what has always been done.
As it has been, It must always be,
forever and non.”
“Let us sound the alarm to all
Near and far, we will not tolerate
Anyone different. For they are
Second – rate. Yes, second rate.
They just don’t come up to par”
” Up – up in arms, we must prepare
To battle the forces of evil
The White Strippers will bring
Upon all humanity!! Up! Up!
I say.” “Away – Away – we say
To all the ‘white strippers!!’
“Away! Away! Forever and a day!
Be ye banished from the land
of Zebra land – forever and a day!”
By Clara Betty Deese
Dec. 28th, 2012