Today I mixed the “stolen” theme of the Poetic Asides prompt with a Stroll of Poets prompt asking for a “roadside attraction” poem. First thing that came to mind was the numerous roadside zoos I used to see when I lived in Ontario.
At the Jungle Wildlife Park
Small road off the busy road,
a line of cars snaking forward,
packs of tourists inside,
restless but contained.
Dads wearing exhausted faces
as kids come pouring out of backseats
feet stirring up gravel as they sprint
for the sign they’ve been teased by
for the last fifteen clicks — a leopard’s face
inside a giant black paw.
Promises beyond the gate:
big cats, big thrills, big fun.
Nature as you’ve never seen it before.
parrot sitting on a metal bar
lemur dangling from an old tire
puma batting a basketball
tiger cub sleeping on a rocking chair
Step back from the cage
unless you’re here for the photo.
Half-price today for kids ten and under.
Hold a wolf pup or monkey,
don’t forget to smile.
What a steal for the chance to
see something so wild.