on the lip of the Great Rift Valley a hyena’s laugh


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  1. Alan Bridges Says:

    love it!

  2. Alan Summers Says:

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    on the lip of the Great Rift Valley a hyena’s laugh

    —BOB WHITMIRE

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    Love how the rhythm of the line matches their laugh!
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    Night crickets can be surprisingly louder than hyenas, as Karen realised, as she was a sound recordist etc… in the Serengeti for Hugo van Lawick! :-)
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    Here's a late supper over her tent one night, although she did drop off, as long working days require a good night's sleep! :-)
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    trying hard to sleep––
    a single gazelle being eaten
    on both sides of the tent

    Karen Hoy
    From: This Lion Country sequence (Serengeti) Presence issue 57 March 2017 ISSN 1366-5367

  3. Janice Campbell Says:

    Made me laugh!

  4. Leanne Mumford Says:

    A well-captured moment, Bob.

  5. Bob Whitmire Says:

    Thanks for the kind words. Love the Serengeti poem. Mine, too, was from direct experience. I spent two years on the lip of the Great Rift Valley in Eritrea and Ethiopia. A lot of material yet to mine; at the time I was there, I wouldn't have known a haiku if it bit my ankle.

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