Stephen Morse
1/14/1945 – 1/16/2010

It’s Hard Being Zen While Living in a Zoo
by Stephen Morse, 2008

The monkies are awake
swinging in the branches
on monkey island
the zoo in San Francisco
of course

old grey gorilla
sits pondering flea bites
and grapes

lions roar somewhere
where they echo
give me this day

some kids got
eaten by tigers

in the air
the seagulls come
and the seagulls go

out my window
it’s turkeys snow
and crows
some deer
opossum
coyotes
owls
our chickens
and flattened rabbit
cardinals
and chickadees

monitor to the front of me
monitor to the left
around the corner largely
a projection television set

satellite reception
disappears in the storm
over them til they’re
done
they let us out
for public viewing
prodding
for
food and
fun.

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