How this Poem uplifted me: When I visited the Columbus Zoo in Ohio last summer, I was astounded with how connected I felt to our origins in nature. The last time I had been to a zoo was more than a decade ago and I felt a new sense of happiness and renewal.
How this poem uplifts others: We often get so used to our urban lives with school, work, and everything in between. A retreat to the zoo or somewhere in nature can help us reconnect with ourselves and put things in perspective.
A Trip to the Zoo By Manavi Chandra A lion slept on the roof of his house, With people gazing behind a glass. Suddenly it stood and roared like the king of the forest, falling back sleep as people laughed. Two apes chased each other on a play course, tugging on the monkey bars. Three kids threw their hands in their air, for a photo, screaming “roar” with scary faces. Walking around the zoo, like a maze that’s never ends. Feeding a giraffe lettuce, first time coming that close to it. Seeing actual bats in a cave, hanging from the ledge. Eating lunch with the giraffe’s home in view, land not overcome with city filth. A thing I never saw before. Urban dwelling hid real wonders. I see the buildings, the perfectly paved roads, cars. But the zoo was a collective of living things, Of humans, Of animals, Of food, Of nature. Making us remember what our true origins are. Family, belonging, and coexisting.