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


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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