Have you ever pondered the days of old
when men and angels would visit?
When men of a certain city.
long ago destroyed,
insisted on pulling such beings into a world
that was not their own.
A way of life so foreign and so threatening
that their only remaining escape to safety was
made by destroying the city. (Selah)
Why must there be zoos?
The very idea that creatures are better off
in arenas of existence
familiar to the stronger
warps the minds and hearts of those
designed for liberty. (Selah)
in the public zoo
the keeper could not feed her
the last tiger died. (Selah)
Tigers, pandas and the black rhino may seem lost
but the cost is not just,
for when the last one goes
she stops and looks sadly back
and cries for the final shattering
of the windows.
copyright - 1983 by Mark Hounsell