KIDSBOOKS | THE MAJESTIC MARKHOR

In the great Himalayan and Karakoram ranges
There lives an intrepid herbivore
She scales the sheer wooded cliffs
The beautiful, agile Markhor

Her name is a hybrid of two words
Mar: the snake, and Khor: the eater
Despite the fierce legend she wields
She’s quite the gentle barnyard bleater

She’s one of a group of nine ladies
Three aunts and five frisky cousins
They live together harmoniously
Ten thousand feet up in the mountains

She’s known for her dexterous climbing skills
And is also a fabulous forager
She’ll search for grasses and for leaves
She’ll roam like an adventuring voyager

She looks like an interesting mix
Of both a boy and a girl I’ve heard
Sporting a lovely russet coat
And also a spiffy little beard

She’s also got tremendous horns
Like ten inch long corkscrews
Weapons to keep bullies at bay
And to dig up tussocks of grass too

The Markhor is the national animal
Of the south Asian country of Pakistan
She’s quite iconic, a logo classic*
Even featuring in puppet shows in Afghanistan

And there we leave this regal Capra*
As she walks with grace, her head held high
Mistress of all that she surveys
Majestic horns spiralling into the sky.
* The markhor was one of the 72 animals featured on the World Wide Fund for Nature Conservation Coin Collection in 1976. 

* Markhor marionettes are used in the Afghan puppet shows known as buz-baz.

* The markhor has also been mentioned in a Pakistani computer-animated film known as Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor.

* The Markhor is present on the logo of the Inter-Services Intelligence, the intelligence agency of Pakistan.


* CAPRA: a genus of mammals consisting of goats, the markhor and ibexes.

Published by Mahvash K. M.

A wandering “desi” and a corporate chicken who’s flown the proverbial coop is what I currently am. Have chosen the sultry island of Sri Lanka for my wandering/ experiential activities. Writing something- anything really, has been on the bucket list for a great old while. Finally putting some pixel energy behind the cause! This blog is about a wide gamut of stories, opinions, ideas, characters, storms in teacups, extraterrestrials, food for the soul (and some not so much), space (of the cosmic and personal varieties), cutting edge psychoanalytic analyses, and sunsets (Dysania-struck so probably no sunrises!) – all presented to you from a wide array of coffee shops across my modest globe-trotting sojourns. Here’s to enjoying the ride together! https://www.facebook.com/Mahvash.Moht/

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