Sarah Barr

Writer, poet and teacher

Singapore Night Zoo

Singapore Night Zoo

 

Black bushes, blacker grass,

a night without stars or moon,

 

the animals are silent,

still as illustrations

 

in  a children’s picture-book –

a mottled giraffe, leggy hyenas,

 

dusky lions, tiny mouse-deer

hidden by leaves,

 

a fishcat dipping its paw

into a pool,

 

a rhinoceros with tusks,

elephants too large for their page.

 

Don’t photograph or feed them.

Talk only in whispers.

 

Like childhood fears,

these shadow-shapes loom,

 

separated from us by ditches

and flimsy fences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Barr

 

©

Sarah Barr

2011

Published in 2013 in  ‘Poems from the Oak Room’

ISBN 978-0-9562778-4-8

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2 thoughts on “Singapore Night Zoo

  1. Ruth Blaug on said:

    Beautiful poem, thank you

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