(03 April 1964 / Johannesburg, South Africa)

In The Zoo (Free Verse Sonnet)

(after A. G. Visser)

Bended the gorilla does grumble and growl in the iron cage
and is terribly annoyed that humans are dumbfounded by him,
that some do stand and tease him where they are passing
and with eyes flaming with rage he folds his arms close
where the higher ape defenceless look upon humanity
and for humanity he looks stupid and very silly.
That the ape and man comes from the same primeval parents annoys him,
where he tears everything apart and does watch everyone around him
and everyone looking at him he does also want to push into a cage,
also wants to make entertainment, a hell of a joke out of each one,
do want to deprive them of their lives and living-place,
do want to jerk them eternally out of their every day lives
and when the wardens wonder why he is getting so angry,
he remembers the plains that do stretch on almost endlessly.

[Reference:"In die dieretuin, Pretoria" (In the zoo, Pretoria)by A. G. Visser.]

by Gert Strydom

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