Captivity

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Date

3 January 2020

Location

Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay
SH 83619 78854; 53.29380°N, 3.74753°W

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Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo

13 thoughts on “Captivity

  1. It is their eyes – all of them – gazing out to far horisons burnt into their memories. Reminds me of Ted Hughes poem The Jaguar:

    The apes yawn and adore their fleas in the sun.
    The parrots shriek as if they were on fire, or strut
    Like cheap tarts to attract the stroller with the nut.
    Fatigued with indolence, tiger and lion

    Lie still as the sun. The boa-constrictor’s coil
    Is a fossil. Cage after cage seems empty, or
    Stinks of sleepers from the breathing straw.
    It might be painted on a nursery wall.

    But who runs like the rest past these arrives
    At a cage where the crowd stands, stares, mesmerized,
    As a child at a dream, at a dream, at a jaguar hurrying enraged
    Through prison darkness after the drills of his eyes

    On a short fierce fuse. Not in boredom —
    The eye satisfied to be blind in fire,
    By the bang of blood in the brain deaf the ear —
    He spins from the bars, but there’s no cage to him

    More than to the visionary his cell:
    His stride is wildernesses of freedom:
    The world rolls under the long thrust of his heel,
    Over the cage floor the horizons come.

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