A Big Day for the Zoo

in the cage,
he was tame, obedient
and willing to submit
but today, he was released
and set his feet on terrafirma for the first time.

an odd feeling at first,
hesitantly he whiffed the unconditioned air
and grabbed a mouthful – he had never
tasted grass or felt
the tickletwinge on the backslope of his tongue before


excited and unsure of what he should do
when he realized that he could move-about, he ran
but abruptly screeched to a halt at twelve feet
this was the length of the cage and he didn’t know he could go further than the bars
he didn’t know there was a ‘further’
it was the first time he questioned everything he thought he knew
with apprehension
smelling the good earth was all he needed at this point,
his instincts kicked-in
his desires to press on grew more carnal
his cries more sensual – he wanted to mate
the innate began to overwhelm his every move
and soon he found his flesh entwined with the tender loins
of the female from the cage next to his.

his primal needs done over and over, as is the way
until he lay on the grass, in pleasant exhaustion

-dld november 12, 2010
T10 prompt – an animal


One response to “A Big Day for the Zoo

  1. Of course I read into this a lot…I thought about someone who goes off to college for the first time…removed from the local constraints…and the behavior one often sees in freshmen….oh just random thoughts brought about by your poem.

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