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Christine Betts

United States

YO

Zoo Trip

April 29, 2015

PROMPT: WILD

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Welcome to the Wild World of Kenya,

the sign read. One of the jocks 

hit it as our group passed, as though

he played for Notre Dame.

 

We all wandered, admiring

the different "wild" animals

from behind reinforced glass

and chain-link fences.

 

It's not every day you see a Giraffe

under the harsh Missouri sun,

you know.

 

I pondered, looking

at the gorilla on the other side of the glass.

In his dark fur was my reflection.

 

For one's existence to be based

solely on the perceptions of others.

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