zoo nation (do not feed the animals)

***LANGUAGE WARNING***
no bad grammar, but I cuss a little in this one…

politics regresses us.
no grooming can kill all
the parasites sucking us
to anemia, but still
we pick & stroke
the minutiae
that will bleed us empty

we are locked in our
respective cages
devolve easily
to monkey dominance games
of fighting & fucking

snarling over crumbs
spitting & throwing shit
at each other

never seeing the true enemies

in the keepers
who hold the keys
& throw us scraps

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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19 Responses to zoo nation (do not feed the animals)

  1. of conventions, zoos and our core escaping the veneer, the well rehearsed smiles and surfacing!

    • Oh yes! And it is only August…help! Please excuse me while I go wash my mouth out with soap (or perhaps it is the fingers that typed the words that need a good scrubbing). I still remember my mother’s words, on overhearing me cuss someone out once–The education I paid for did not teach you enough language to avoid using words like that?

  2. Trent Lewin says:

    This is my fave ever from you Susan. I respect anger and there is some real emotion in this. Zoo nation indeed – are you from the States by the way?

    • Thanks so much, Trent. Yes–I am your neighbor to the south–but not by much, 35 miles away from the Peace Bridge. The political circus is really just warming up–I have two more months of it to endure and somehow keep my sanity 🙂

  3. unfetteredbs says:

    the fact that you said “cuss” cracked me up —

  4. That’s why monkeys are supposed to have fun 🙂 PS- Don’t mind the language; as long as it’s funtional you’re ok 🙂

  5. nelle says:

    So true – and make it all seem like our idea.

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