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What If?
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By Quentin Clingerman
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What if the roles were reversed
Those animals in the zoo
Were looking in at you?

High iron fences bar your way
How far you can traverse each day
Scheduled feedings whether hungry or not
Of food you may not want cold or hot

Bare ground or hard cement your floor
A hole in the wall your entrance door
With a thick gate to shut you in
Another cage for viewing, you just can't win!

Snacks of all descriptions and junk too
Thrown at you to see what you will do
Laughing and pointing, enough to make you sick
And only straw to sleep upon that isn't very thick

What if the roles were reversed
Those animals in the zoo
Were looking in at you?

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Submitted: Friday, February 16, 2001

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

About the Poet
I am a retired educator. Now 85 years of age. I live in Maryland. I am the father of three ladies and thirteen grandchildren. Four grandchildren now married. I have two great grandsons, Koi Jon and Quinn Manu and a great granddaughter,Sephira Jade. Poems are an expression of how I think and feel. Variety in either case! I am the founder of WordChimes.com WC originated in February, 2000.

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