I Choose Not To Be A Sloth.

[Art and Poetry. This blog contains a poem and image of a Sloth, painted in oils.]  As I live in South Africa, the sloth was never on my list of animals to paint.  It is usually lions, elephants, buck etc., however, I was looking around for a very furry animal to paint and came across the sloth and does this little guy have fur!  I am glad I chose the sloth as it is the most unique animal I have got to know about. I also penned a poem about the sloth which I hope you enjoy.  I do not think I will be seeing a sloth anytime soon unless I take a trip the jungles of South America. 


 

I CHOOSE NOT TO BE A SLOTH©️

 

I choose not to be a sloth

Languishing on a branch all day.

I have no excuse for my laziness

I was created this way.

 

I am a symbol of altruism

Envied for my relaxed being,

But don’t be fooled by such talk

No one would want this gene.

 

My only saving grace

Is that I am as adorable as a teddy,

But did you know that my thick fur

Is host to moths, mites and algae!

 

It is simply not true

That I am carefree!

My sluggish digestive system

Saps most of my energy.

 

On my weekly trip to do a poo,

I need to climb down to my spot on the ground,

However, this could be the death of me

If there is a jaguar, snake or eagle around.

 

I am so slow, a minute it takes

To move a two-meter space,

And my ten-centimeter claws

Are an added frustration to my pace.

 

I’m not easily seen up in the trees

As my fur is suffused with fungi

So, as I am well camouflaged

You would have to look twice to spot me.

 

I laze away all day in cecropia trees,

Eating as many fruits and leaves as I please

Whilst basking in the rays of a mosaic sun.

I am a sloth, but I’m sure you no longer envy me.  💚


 

SLOTHS DO NOT MAKE GOODS PETS, UNLESS YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUY A HUGE PLOT OF LAND IN A SOUTH AMERICAN JUNGLE AND HERE IS WHY: 

They need a specialized diet.

Warm and humid conditions.

They need to be suspended from high branches.

Their life span is much shorter in captivity than in their natural habitat.


Copyright.  Caroline Street. 1) Art.  Hanging Sloth, oil on canvas.  2) Poetry. ‘ I Choose Not To Be A Sloth.’ 


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11 thoughts on “I Choose Not To Be A Sloth.

  1. You did a good job painting an unfamiliar animal.

    As our noun growth is formed from grow, so sloth traces back to slow. The spelling without the w obscures the connection. The dictionary says that the English name of the animal was translated from Portuguese translation of Portuguese preguiça, which means the same thing.

    Just last year I first heard about the algae that grows on sloths.

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