In her honor, here’s part of a poem about her long-ago ancestor:
from “Similar Cases” by
Charlotte Anna Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
There was once a little animal,
No bigger than a fox,
And on five toes he scampered
Over Tertiary rocks.
They called him Eohippus,
And they called him very small,
And they thought him of no value --
When they thought of him at all;
For the lumpish old Dinoceras
And Coryphodon so slow
Were the heavy aristocracy
In days of long ago.
Said the little Eohippus,
“I am going to be a horse!
And on my middle finger-nails
To run my earthly course!
I’m going to have a flowing tail!
I’m going to have a mane!
I’m going to stand fourteen hands high
On the psychozoic plain!”
Click here to read the rest of this (long) poem.
For even more poetic animal fun, check out Julie Larios’s YELLOW ELEPHANT (illustrated by Julie Paschkis) and Douglas Florian’s MAMMALABILIA (both from Harcourt) and for truly unusual creatures, Jack Prelutsky’s BEHOLD THE BOLD UMBRELLAPHANT (Greenwillow, illustrated by Carin Berger). And for more great poetry, visit Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference for the Poetry Friday Roundup!