Three Zoological Studies

Song Cycle by Walter Skolnik (b. 1934)

Word count: 135

?. The bison [sung text not yet checked]

The Bison is vain, and (I write it with pain)
   The Door-mat you see on his head
Is not, as some learned professors maintain,
The opulent growth of a genius' brain;
   But is sewn on with needle and thread.

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?. The vulture [sung text not yet checked]

The Vulture eats between his meals,
And that's the reason why
He very, very, rarely feels
As well as you and I.

His eye is dull, his head is bald,
His neck is growing thinner.
Oh! what a lesson for us all
To only eat at dinner! 

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?. The dodo [sung text not yet checked]

The Dodo used to walk around,
  And take the sun and air.
The sun yet warms his native ground --

The Dodo is not there!

The voice which used to squawk and squeak
  Is now for ever dumb --
Yet may you see his bones and beak
  All in the Mu-se-um.

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