Monday, March 17, 2008

Big eyes, long lashes, a long neck

Camel aesthetics. I must say that the camel has always been near the top of my list of particularly favorite animals...


  1. A fitting poem by Apollinaire (set to music by Poulenc, as part of a delightful set of animal songs):

    Le dromadaire

    Avec ses quatre dromadaires
    Don Pedro d'Alfaroubeira
    Courut le monde et l'admira.
    Il fit ce que je voudrais faire
    Si j'avais quatre dromadaires.

    With his four dromedaries
    Don Pedro d'Alfaroubeira
    Traveled the world over and admired it.
    He did what I would like to do
    If I had four dromedaries.]

  2. That's a great poem!

    The camel fights a neverending (though good-natured) battle for supremacy in my pantheon of favorite animals with penguins, sparrows, bunnies, and crows.

  3. It's lovely the camel is good natured in your pantheon, because it's not reputed to be particularly good natured elsewhere!

    The other Apollinaire/Poulenc animals, by the way, are the Tibetan goat, the grasshopper, the dolphin, the crayfish, and the carp, who is addressed as "fish of melancholy"!

  4. I went to a cold outdoor nativity play Dec. 17, 2006, which featured live animals — including Gracie the camel.

    Gracie allowed children to pet her (and captivated many of them by relieving herself during the play). When my comments about the unusually charming nature of this camel were relayed to her owner, his reply was "Well, I sure wouldn't bring her daughter!!!"

  5. Wasn't it camels that someone once said looked like they had been designed by a committee?