Here is a poem I wrote. It is inspired and is sort of a play on words of the song ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ by Joy Division. It is about my feelings towards animal captivity, whether it be in zoos or circuses etc.
This poem was originally supposed to be a portfolio piece but I didn’t end up using it for various reasons. I wrote it because I was required to, not because I wanted to and that’s where I think I went wrong with this poem. However, I do like it and hope you all do too.
Welcome, welcome all,
Zoo gates open wide,
With morbid curiosity, the crowd pay to come inside,
For entertainment, they watch the animals suffer and fit,
Oblivious to the light behind the animals’ eyes saying, “I deserve to live.”
In cages, they are forced to entertain us to survive,
Every jump, hop, and roar adds a day to their lives.
But the sickness of us all drowns out their helpless cries,
Quick, we better pray to God he ends their lives.
If you stay, you’ll witness more horror
Huge elephants in tiny cages, and polar bears with no water.
If they don’t entertain, they will be sent to the slaughter,
You’ll witness mass murder; you’ll wish they never caught her.
We sit and watch these mighty beasts suffer
With smiles, and love, and a curiosity like no other
Like moths to a flame; we are drawn to oddities,
But one thing we fail to see is the sheer atrocity.
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