Visiting the Zoo

On visiting the zoo one day
my children said to me,
“Why are the animals sad?”
“Why are they kept locked up like this?”
“Is it because they’ve been bad?”

I tried my best to explain
that the birds could not fly away
nor the elephant run around loose
the lion couldn’t hunt down the High Street
but I could see that it was no use.

“Why can’t they just leave them alone
and not stick them in a prison like this?”
“It’s people that are treating them bad!”
Perhaps the wrong ones are behind bars
and it’s people that ought to be sad.


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