Friday, May 04, 2007

A day in the zoo

Today was a day the animals roamed.
Odd phone calls, irascible people, strange situations, computer gremlins, mechanical difficulties; someone left the gate open of the zoo.

But maybe it isn’t fair to the animals to compare them with bizarre incidents. Maybe it’s a full moon instead. Or a new moon. Or an asteroid interfering with the earth’s magnetic field. Maybe it’s mood swings, lack of proper medication, human quirks, foibles.
Or just the animal in us coming out.


If we could talk to the animals, just imagine it
Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee
Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah
What a neat achievement that would be

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages
Maybe take an animal degree
We'd study elephant and eagle, buffalo and beagle
Alligator, guinea pig, and flea

We would converse in polar bear and python
And we could curse in fluent kangaroo
If people asked us, "Can you speak in rhinoceros?"
We'd say, "Of courserous, can't you?"

-- Leslie Bricusse

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

a zoo is not where admission is paid so much as earned, and to identify mishaps with zoo is simply a game of bankers and politician from whom all foul behavior flies, and in a true zoo there are those teaching us what's better to be human, a truth we'd know if they and us weren't behind mental bars.