Lands Afar
by Marcus Draik

Within the fronds
And draping leaves
Within the vines in ragged sheaves
Ferocious beasts
Of stripes and manes
Bestride the verdant jungle plains

And emerald palms alongst the sands
Adorn the shores of distant lands
Where tribes of natives
From their huts
Tread out to gather coconuts

I sail to this exotic realm
Bedecked in my explorer's helm
Till Nanny plucks it off my head
And says to me it's time for bed.