At the zoo, it happens nightly
when the moon is shining brightly,
as the mom and daddy otter
bring their thirsty daughter water,
and the cranky, tired llama
gets a story from his momma,
and the ram and mammy sheepy
hear their lamb bleat, “I’m not sleepy!”
Many animals are fighting
to get in one last “good night” -ing,
while they worry that they’re losing
their recurring race to snoozing.
If they tarry to their slumber,
if they lag or loaf or lumber
when the dying day is closing,
they may miss their chance at dozing.
For it’s better to be snoring
than to hear the raucous roaring
of nocturnal beasts awaking
and the noises they love making.