The Zoo In Me

I’m grumpy as a grizzly bear
On morning trudges down the stairs
And restless as a wriggly worm
When boring classes make me squirm.

I yawn the way that hippos do
When lazy summer days are through.
I tremble like a hunted fox
When scared by ghostly groans and knocks.

I’m scary as a hungry shark
While chasing squirrels across the park.
I feel the way a cheetah must
When other runners eat my dust.

I’m twice as curious as a cat
When gifts I find concealed and wrapped.
I’m gentle as a mother doe
When tears from baby sister flow.

I’m joyful like my pups at play
When friends come overnight to stay.
I’m cheerful as a chickadee
When skies are bright and days are free.