For munching giraffes, acacia trees have defense,
Sharp thorns, so heavy lips are what make sense,
Long thick tongues reach around for green leaves,
Acacia release tannins to deter the long necked thieves,
Tasting bad, giraffes quit eating downwind, moving on,
Lastly stinging ants hollow out thorns, the ultimate con,
So, there is a tussle between the two,
As adaptations keep evolving anew.
Tale of thorns, thick lips, tiny torn tunnelers…
What next in distant land of acacia, ant, giraffe?
Acrylic paints on canvas, 8 by 10′