Friday, November 11, 2011


“I asked the Zebra,
are you black with white stripes?
Or white with black stripes?
And the zebra asked me,
Are you good with bad habits?
Or are you bad with good habits?
Are you noisy with quiet times?
Or are you quiet with noisy times?
Are you happy with some sad days?
Or are you sad with some happy days?
Are you neat with some sloppy ways?
Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?
And on and on and on and on and on and on he went.
I’ll never ask a zebra about stripes...again.”

~Shel Silverstein~


SquirrelQueen said...

Aw, a very wise zebra. He came up with a clever response to a question he has heard a million times. I love Shel Silverstein.

Kay said...

I love Shel Silverstein too. I used to read his books and poetry to my class. This is an adorable, wise poem and I love your photo.

The Elephant's Child said...

And he is white with black stripes.

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Lui said...

Haha! That was clever, Denise!
This reminds me why I enjoy 'communicating' with my dogs! You don't ask them too many questions and expect simple answers. ;-)

I am posting my flowers early because I have a busy weekend ahead ;-0

Valerie said...

Whatever he is, he's lovely... and also very wise.

i beati said...

They are fascinating

KaHolly said...

Right on!! So glad I stopped by today.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

What a beautiful creature!

imac said...

Real cute Denise - confused now lol, great post.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great picture of the zebra, Denise, and I love the Silverstein poem.... NEAT!!!

Cezar and Léia said...

This is a beautiful portrait and lovely poem!
Hugs and happy weekend,

Sharon said...

LOL! Good post!

Lo said...

Gorgeous photo and wonderful premise. Loved this post.

Marie said...

Great poem! That Shel Silverstein is always so good!

Thank you so much, Denise for your very heartfelt and kind words about my Veteran's Day post! I will pass on your birthday wishes to Kay when I see her tomorrow.

Karen Harris said...

I love this poem as well. What a sweet read to start my day off.

Roberto Machado Alves said...

A great shot. The stripes are very nice.

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