I am an animal on display
in an old fashioned zoo – trapped
going slowly insane.
I entertain the guests.
I try to please them. This
does not come naturally. I am meant
to be a wild being, not this.
I don a sweater, purple pants. I reach
for this & that. I rattle
the bars but the bars don’t budge,
they tell me the bars won’t budge,
so I decide to play dead.
(photograph by me, originally published in December 2018)