The cheetah’s recce

The cheetah
went around the jungle
in a wheelchair.
It was his day off,
and he’d also broken his foot.
He still wanted to check
if the zebra had grown ripe
for his next hunt.
But when the wheelchair moved,
its creaking joints drove everyone away,
so the next day,
the cheetah came riding a snail.
It was all silent,
and no one heard him move
except that when he reached the zebra,
he only saw
their fossilized bones.

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