It is not so amusing now to see

As once, tigers and lions in a cage,

For we begin to feel it is a plight

Shameful for such in all their majesty,

The vulgar stare of humans to engage,

Who smile with condescension, smug, polite.

We know what changed expressions there would be

If in the jungle, their own pasturage,

These noble animals appeared in sight,

Challenging invasion of their privacy.

It would be less appealing, it is true,

If murderers and thieves were thus displayed

And all the bullying thugs put on parade;

But who would go to visit such a zoo?


Weekly Times     26.10.62