Melissa Balmain: To: All Animals

To : All Animals At The
National Zoological Park
Who Aren’t Baby Pandas.
From: A Monkey With A Laptop.

We can growl, hiss, or moo,
climb or chew, sleep or screw —
now that Bei Bei's been born,
no one cares what we do.

We could dance a soft shoe,
make fondue, learn kung fu,
play lacrosse and French horn,
they'd still treat us like poo.

So come on, kangaroo,
frog and gnu, owl and shrew:
let 'em wake from their scorn . . .
to a big empty zoo.