IS IT A ZED OR A ZEE?
You say Potarto, I say potayto
You say tomarto and ! say tomayto
Some say Zed and some say Zee
It makes no difference, not to me.
I dreamt I went to the Zoo last night
At the end of the alphabet – I had a real fright.
Dreaming, I found the A’s B’s and C’s
and continued on past the M, N, O, P’s
I followed the way to things starting with Zed
Then all those letters just went to my head
(I had plenty of time – dream visits are free)
A stripey horse whinnied and said – I’m a Zee.
We’re the cleverest animals in all the Zoo
Let me explain to you clearly just who is who.
This is family stuff, so you must pay attention
Zedzees can appear in any dimension
We’re a family that’s full of multiple guises
If you remember them all – there might be prizes.
My dad is a Zebra, my mother’s a Horse
That’s how I was given my name – I’m a Zorse.
That makes me special, in the Zoo I’m a feature
I’m considered to be an amazing creature.
I’m built like a Horse but I wear a striped suit
My buddies here think that I’m really cute.
If the tables were turned and a Zebra my mum
My dad would be Horse – he’d still be our chum
You might think this idea is utterly mad
The first part of my name would reflect the dad
So welcome the Horbra into our poem
And still we Zedzees have much more to show’em.
The Horbra has stripes – you don’t know where they’ll be
Could be the neck, on the back or the knee.
His patches are stripey on a background plain
So many patterns, it’s really insane.
Each Horbra is diff’rent, unique to behold
Known for his strength and inclined to be bold.
Now – back to the Zorse, you remember of course
That he’s the offspring of Zebra and Horse
He has other names, too, and I’ll tell you a few
Zebrula, Zebrule, Zebra Mule – will that do?
The Horbra by more names can also be met
Such as Hebra, Zebrinny and even Zebret.
Have you thought of the mating of Zebra with Pony?
You’ll not be surprised, their offspring’s a Zony!
Now, if you’re not feeling dizzy, woozy or wonky
We’ll talk of the offspring of Zebra and Donkey:
Called Zebadonk, Zebrass, Zebrinny, Zebrilla
Zebonkey, Zebonk and Zonkey – the killer!
Altogether these beauties are known as Zebroid
With so many names they must always feel buoyed
Starting as donkeys, asses and zebras and horses
These all are examples of natural forces.
When you go the Zoo, start at alphabet’s ending
And you’ll see how glorious is Nature’s blending.