Sunday, December 14, 2014

They do it all wrong here

                                                                                               Attribution: Christina
Image: Exhibits in a museum (here)

I just can’t stand them and I mean them
All of them no exception!
Both those inside as well as those outside
Let’s talk of those inside first

They leave us by ourselves through the night
Nothing happens even in the morning
We see them only in mid-morning
Just a bucket full and they just throw them in
Smelly, dead and cheapest in the market
And they expect us to gobble
all that with relish!
I like my fish fresh
I like them swimming having fun
I will then catch them with a swipe if small
Or pick them by the tail and
bring them up to the surface

They do it all wrong here
This is what we go through everyday
Having dead fish most of them rotten
by our standards

 And we have not even talked about
Those humans on the outside

How we hate the week-ends
That is when they come in droves
And the kids they were cute before
But not anymore

They expect us to get on our back flippers
Clap our fronts and smile
Just for them to take their own selfies
with us in the background

And some even goad us to talk
‘Honk! Oink! ‘ They shout at us
They think it is funny

We only talk when we are happy
Not for some selfish kids for their selfies!

For Yves' hosting at Mindlovemisery's Menagerie
with writing prompts  -  zoo and
Mary's at Poets United's Poetry Pantry # 231


  1. Indeed... There is a difference between fresh fish and FRESH fish...

  2. lol how dare anyone try and get them to talk back

  3. YES! Dead fish and false dolphin smiles. So far from joy and freedom. You nailed it, Hank.

  4. Yes I had to smile as I could hear them talking, complaining as they should...after all I would not like to be held captive and fed rotten food I did not catch..

  5. How happy can you be when freedom is lost and your way of life is no more, Good poem Hank.

  6. when i was a kid, i enjoyed visiting aquariums but as i grew older, i realized it's a form of cruelty...

    nicely penned their sentiments Hank

  7. Most zoos are demeaning for the animals. Wildlife parks are a little better but even then there is little hope for the inmates to return to the wild, The offspring will go to other zoos. As for stuffed animals in museums, that is really grotesque. Sadly even in natural habitat reserves there is the risk of poaching. Humanity what is it good for? Keep up the shouting!

  8. A goo poem Hank can relate to much of it.

  9. Great poem, and "So long and thanks for all the fish."

  10. A beautiful poem.. I liked its end...