Circus animals came to this zoo
to spend the rest of their lives
in relative peace
Lions would roar in the dawn –
we could hear them from the house
three miles away
The tiger isolated in a big cage
would watch the children run
The children had no idea
the tiger was dreaming
of fresh blood and running meat
Does it say something of me
as I draw word pictures
that I connect with predators
more than prey?
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What inspired me to write this poem: Well, I was in the middle of getting my degree in English Literature, when I found this little zoo for retired circus animals. I used to come there to watch the animals, the kids, and relax. This particular poem was written after a word associated from Writer’s Digest poetry, ummm director?, where he asked us to write a poem with a heading “Partly and then your addition.” Of course I remembered the lions and tigers.