Jumbo

Written by: Arturus Australis

 
 
 
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.