Why do humans think it’s within their rights
to imprison a tiger, leopard, lion, bear, monkey
domesticate them from their natural habitat
brand them with collars,
rope them with leashes.
Money is a trap for sell outs to prove their worth
in things, glittering rare objects, gleaming rings.
Why are the owners surprised
when their pet boa constrictor
does what’s natural and eats them alive
in slow motion gulping grips seemingly smiling.
Ask Siegfried and Roy
why after so many jumps through a flaming hoop
and too many somersault hits with a leather whip
one of the flamboyant Vegas slavers, aka entertainers
got devoured by their captured money making albino tiger.
Death snapped them finally back to reality.
Crocodile hunters and snake charmers
fall prey to karma, to their own disastrous Russian roulette
Why did they expect their captives to stay
as voluntary prisoners unable to run
deprived of food as punishment
fed violence as incentive.
Even the pampered ones are still slaves.
Every locked cage is a life sentence as property.
What freedom do they have
to eat, sleep, run, breed when they want,
doing what they want is freedom.
Anything less is slavery.
Undomesticated ones are eaten,
made into coats, boots, boats, purses, hats
or mummified as trophies
stuffed heads with glass eyes mounted on walls
but nature doesn’t market in greed.
Only humans have the immoral need
to kill and control what they don’t understand.