Trapped

The winter leaves flutter in the wind

Pulling away from their captive branch,

Trying to break free:

Like trapped birds

Beating their wings at the cage bars,

Seeking new life in the freedom of flight.

Slave to the tree;

Or to you and me.

Poem and photo copyright Englepip©

Daily Prompt: Help the elephants

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Would you put me in a zoo

Because you think it’s safer

Or for your entertainment

‘Cos I’m cute?

Would you hem me in with fences?

Take horizons from my eyes

And the freedom that

Your species seems to prize?

No let me take my chances

Feel the wind upon my hide

Give me the dignity

To roam in landscapes vast.

But if you want to help me

Keep your poachers in control

Put them behind the bars

You would put me.

 

I recently had the pleasure of visiting a game park and seeing the wonderful wildlife in Africa in its natural habitat. The vastness of the landscape in Africa is awesome. To take wild animals for zoos or pets, is terrible and when you have seen the hugeness of the landscapes they are supposed to inhabit it seems immensely cruel. Some argue that zoos are there to protect wildlife but it is the habitat loss and poaching we should be tackling to a much greater degree in my opinion. You may be interested to read what is happening in East Africa.

 

Poem and photo copyright Englepip©

 

via Daily Prompt: Zoo