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Frozen in time,
captivated by this enormous being,
the size of a small car.

his every move.
The way he used his hands;
so child-like.
With all the consciousness of the world, 
and graceless coordination.

of the visitors,
as they briefly called out for his attention.
Only for a moment,
then they were gone.

in an orderly sham. 
He sat there,
in his dark cave.
As if he was waiting for the light to find him.

on a boulder, 
squatting, and primitive.
Drawing in the dirt with one hand. 
Swatting a fly with the other.

His nature,
as he rushed to consume his food.
The females hovered behind him,
watching intently, 
like me.
His movement mechanic.
His presence powerful.
He was the king of his domain.

his magnificence, I watched.
How smart was he?
Could he feel my presence? 
Engulfed in the very essence of all that was him, 
I watched. 

how he felt, I watched.
Did he think he was still in the womb of Mother Nature?
Or, did he know the iron bars which embrace him now?

it happened;
our eyes met.
He noticed my presence.
His gaze intimidated me, 
But I did not look away.
He approached me.
I felt his eyes inspecting my soul.
A chill ran down my back,
I turned behind me,
only to find no other presence there.
When I turned back, 
we were face to face.
Separated by the sham,
And a two inch piece of glass.
Just me and him,
the two of us,
and the females hovering behind him.

His old eyes spoke to me,
They said 
“I am like you. 
I love, I feel, I hurt.
I am, like you.”

I put my hand on the glass
and with all the 
consciousness of the world,
he did the same.
With tears in my eyes,
I smiled.

Then, he pooped in his other hand
and wiped it on the glass.
This was a sign of endearment.
I laughed out loud.
And I swear,
He smiled back.

Copyright © Melinda Hudson

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  1. Date: 5/8/2012 12:06:00 PM
    I tried that with a date once, maybe it was my technique because things didn't work out. kidding! This is a very captivating. You are a gifted writer. I couldn't stop reading and then I laughed out loud at such an off guard ending. I noticed I read and commented on this already but it is so good it deserves another.

  1. Date: 4/16/2012 10:49:00 PM
    Funny ending, up until then I thought you were experiencing a bear.I enjoy your poetry it has an unique charm to it.

  1. Date: 4/16/2012 6:37:00 AM
    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you Melinda. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. May you find inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/13/2012 12:35:00 PM
    Melinda, I felt so sorry for the creature. Did you read Frankenstein? That verse begining with "Wise" reflects the "monster's" feelings about being so lonely. Just a week ago on "Harry's Law," they had a gorilla they were trying to "emancipate" from a zoo because he had feelings and was lonely. Much to ponder here. Excellent poem! Best wishes, Carolyn