Explore if you dare
Through this poem where
The trees are so tall
And the rain does constantly fall
Where the trees into the clouds do disappear
It is a jungle the tops of trees you see
Form an emerald green canopy

Up in the tree-tops snakes do lurk
Climbing high in the murk
Monkeys play and birds do fly
In the canopy so high
Birds of prey above do hover
Waiting if they can discover
A tasty meal – possibly sloth or lemur
Underneath the canopy

Plop plop the gentle tapping of the water
Rolls on downwards through the matter
Everywhere the mists are rising
Therefore is it so surprising
That the foliage spreads so densely
Left to nature to grow profusely
Underneath the canopy

Strange flowers bloom
Not all smelling sweetly
The trees are draped in vines so twisting
On the forest floor do nestle
Plants that use their flower-like vessels
To trap and digest insect prey
Tempting those with no resistance
In order to further their existence
Underneath the canopy

Scary noises that n’er abate
Spiders large as dinner plates
Termites beetles and millipedes
Live within the rotting leaves
Underneath the canopy

Surprise is waiting
Sticky tongue strikes like lightening
Insects large and appetising
A chameleon quick to change its colour
Takes a meal with little bother
Underneath the canopy

Countless birds and animals abound
In this strange and swampy land
Parrots bright in colour fly
In those trees that rise so high
So much beauty and danger lie
Underneath the canopy

In what far off lands do these forests stand
They are in Africa, Asia, Australia found
Each area its own wild life collection
And such varied vegetation
Underneath the canopy

By Irene Garratt


irene garratt

Coalville Leicestershire, United Kingdom

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Life under the canopy of the forest



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