Z is for the Zebra – The striped marvel
Every time I go to the shop,
to buy myself a shirt for an interview,
the question that is uppermost in my mind is,
should I buy a plain shirt or a striped one?
And at such times, I get reminded,
of you the striped one from the animal kingdom.
You are a striped version of a horse,
much shorter and not as sturdily built.
Your black and white stripes,
that stretch all over your body,
make you look enticingly beautiful,
striking and glorious.
Those of you found in the plains,
are about fifty inches up to the shoulders,
with a body of about seven-foot length,
and a twenty-inch tail.
Your stripes help you hide from predators.
When you run away from predators,
they are dazzled by the stripes on your body,
and help you to escape from them.
The pattern of the stripes on your bodies,
are unique to each one of you.
It is just about possible,
you recognize each other by means of your stripes.
Your stripes also keep away flies,
and other blood-sucking insects,
and may also create currents around your body,
which may help keep you cool.
When chased, you zig-zag from side to side,
and though you are slower than a horse,
You have great stamina,
which helps you escape any predator.
You have excellent eyesight.
You have sight on both sides of your head,
which gives you an excellent field of vision.
In addition, you also have night vision.
I generally prefer to wear,
striped shirts to plain ones,
for my interviews,
for looking like you gives me more confidence.