Zoo Elephant. … Villanelle


The result of mankind’s action

trapped in a park compound

could this postpone our obliteration?

Keepers all pumped with satisfaction

no leafy tree or grass around

the result of mankind’s action

Three long years of my life – a fraction

jungle noise a memory now – no sound

could this postpone our obliteration?

Car tyre swing on a rope my one distraction

thatched marquee a hilly mound

the result of mankind’s action

This alien section’s not natural habitation

a fenced off piece of ground

could this  postpone our  obliteration?

People all stare in fascination

eating dry hay- no happiness found

the result of mankind’s action

could this postpone our obliteration?

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