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Below is the poem entitled Jumbo which was written by poet Arturus Australis. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Wrenched from bushland
To London Zoo, they labelled you
“Jumbo” – fed you by hand.
African Wonder! You were feted,
Reduced to spectacle,
Humorous vehicle,
And otherwise humiliated.
Submissiveness turned to rage;
Branded dangerous;
A threat to all of us! –
And so condemned to Barnum’s cage.
Now your sad name’s applied
To all your related
Who’re captured, subjugated;
Dignity, majesty: all denied.

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  1. Date: 1/12/2013 12:19:00 PM
    Nice write about things that we so seldom forget. I love animals and I love seeing them free to do their own thing. Everybody and things wants to be free. Thanks for a awesome write.

  1. Date: 1/11/2013 3:18:00 AM
    It shows your empathy about the animals whom we imprison in zoo and entertain ourselves at the cost of freedom and food for those animals. I am sorry if i have wrongly understood and misinterpreted. You are welcome to correct me if I am wrong.

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    Date: 1/11/2013 3:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    absolutely spot-on! we are slowly, evr so slowly, learning that we, are not 'the roof and crown of things' -