I’ve seen a picture of Jupiter,
One of earth’s satellites snapped for sure.
Seems she’s a revolving ball of orbiting gas,
And for quite many years, so shall pass.
I’ve seen a documentary of the Amazon Forest,
Huge, gigantic, sprawling, mysterious to its corest.
The pythons, poison frogs, and gigantic bugs,
Left me thinking of how the life cycle tugs.
I’ve seen a special on the African crocodile,
He eats anything that passes by; his voracious style.
The Mara River is chock-a-block full of his kind,
And many zebra and wildebeest do truly mind.
I’ve viewed photos from long winter hunts,
Deer roaming free and easy that once.
Their bodies a trophy, their racks on the wall,
It seems that really, they are not quite so tall.
I’ve felt the heat of the burning sun,
It makes me crazy; there’s nowhere to run.
Such a fiery hot ball that blazes our sky,
Earth’s in its clutches, it is, that’s why.
I know that an iceberg was grand and tall,
That no trees or flowers grow there at all.
I know that there used to be lots of bears,
I do hope it is well, that each one fares.
When I am in church, I hear about Heaven,
I remember all my life, even before age seven,
God lives there and it’s where we all must go,
But there is no road to drive or paths that show.
I hold well to the floor,
I run, jump, skip, and do so much more.
Gravity keeps me in the right place,
Yet I cannot see it, there is no trace.
A body is truly a magnificent thing,
All the air I need fills me to sing.
It keeps me healthy and quite alive,
I cannot see this air that helps me thrive.
I have not visited Jupiter, nor will that be,
The Amazon really isn’t the place, for me.
Africa would be fun to visit and tour,
But the Mara River might be left out for sure.
I have not shot a gun, nor hunted a deer,
Nor visited the sun, that’s nowhere near.
An iceberg is so very north and so very cold,
And Heaven’s a place where no tickets are sold.
So, does it matter, that I know this is there?
I understand some things and I truly do care.
I have seen pictures, read papers and feel the sun,
But, perhaps going there would be no fun.
It seems to me, that it is important to learn,
There’s tons on the earth, we all must discern,
Yet, I don’t need to see with my eyes, all I could know,
Animals never belonged in cages, living on show.
If I had a wish that I know would come true,
I would wish all the animals would never be blue.
They would be free as they were meant to be,
And we could be happy without having to see.
I would wish from the bottom of my heart,
That a zoo would not be, not even one part.
Just that animals should live in their home,
And follow their natures, free to roam.
To learn of our planets’ mysteries and laws,
We don’t need to see with our eyes, an animal’s claws.
To learn that these wonders truly exist,
Evidence bubbles forth from abundant scientists.
I saw an elephant mourn her child,
I saw a cub eaten, and a lion roar wild.
I saw a dog shudder at anger and rage,
I saw sadness in eyes long left in a cage.
We are equal you and I.
And they all are too.
One helps the other in a cycle, it’s true.
I want to be home, each and every night,
I believe they do too, it just seems their right.
~ Linda Socha Jaworski
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