Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Zoo Game

(To the tune of The Teddy Bear's Picnic)

If you go down to the woods today
In Zanesville, there's a surprise.
If you go down in the woods today,
You'd better go with supplies!

For every bear and wolf and big cat
Is hiding there, and leaving their scat.
Today's the day the Sheriff is going to shoot them.

Shooting time in Ohio,
They didn't set the laws preventing disasters of this kind.
Now they have to track them down,
To try and catch those cats and wolves they find.
See the panic in their eyes,
They wish they had been wise
And stopped this before the scare!
The keeper's dead, the cages are empty
Of every animal,
And now they're hunting in open air!

If you go out in the woods today,
Watch out for the predators;
It's chilly out in the woods today,
But these guys are dressed in furs.
For every bear and wolf and big cat,
Will stalk you for a meal, not a chat.
Today's the day the Sheriff will have to shoot them.

Every tiger and lion that's loose
Is sure to be nabbed today.
Lots of rifles and  bullets are packed,
So nobody gets away.

The schools are closed, the doors have been locked;
There will be blood, so don't you be shocked.
Today's the day the Sheriff is going to shoot them.

Shooting time in Ohio,
They didn't set the laws preventing disasters of this kind.
Now they have to track them down,
To try and catch those cats and wolves they find.
See the panic in their eyes,
They wish they had been wise,
And stopped this before the scare!
The keeper's dead, the cages are empty
Of every animal,
And now they're hunting in open air!

© Kat Mortensen

Three Animals Still Running Free in Zanesville, Ohio: Town Under Lockdown
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6 comments:

  1. Genius, to set this story to this particular tune!

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  2. Thanks, Fran! It is a sad tale, but one I felt should be told.

    Kat

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  3. How awful. Another example of the lack of value of animals to humans? I don't know of this story but will look it up now. Great poem about it!
    Thanks for the birthday card too! x

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  4. Yes, I agree with Fran. I was singing it... and the words to that music made it all the more INSANE, in the chilling kind of way.

    You are so right. It was one that should be told

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  5. Brilliant - I am singing it to the tune :) But what a strange man, keeping all those animals and then just letting them lose - what did he think would happen!

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  6. @Sarah - Yes, it truly is awful, isn't it? It makes me sick to think of all those beautiful exotic animals as casualties of this man's selfishness and stupidity.

    @JeannetteLS - It is tough to get the tune out of your head once it's in there. I've been singing it ever since I wrote it! INSANE is the perfect word.

    @gabriellebryden - Strange and idiotic, but I guess he felt he had nothing to lose, since he was about to commit suicide.

    Thanks for reading!

    Kat

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