Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Running Away from the Circus

This poem came out of the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "first time / last time" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.


"Running Away from the Circus"


In Peru, animal activists lobbied
for a ban on animals in circus acts.

They rescued lions and monkeys
from the circus, and relocated them
to wildlife sanctuaries in the Amazon
where for the first time they walked
on grass and earth and freedom.

They called on citizens to keep watch
and report any circus with animals.

It takes courage to stand up
to business and entertainment,
but that's what activism
is all about.

* * *

Notes:

Activism includes many causes such as animal rights.  Learn how to become an activist.

Activists have banned animal acts and freed circus animals in Peru.  There are pros and cons to circus acts.  However, understand that humans protect only animals they like or find useful.  When humans no longer find a type of animal amusing or helpful, it largely ceases to exist like the decline of gaited horses.  In other words, actions which animal use by humans also consistently reduce the population of those animals.
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