A Tiger in a Box…a Sad Surrender

Sad Surrender …Tiger in a Box…a world removed

sad surrender
Tiger in a Box…a sad surrender

Dim eyes, vacant,
through bars, attest the rage-less acceptance
of misery’s bone, surrender,
chewed out of boredom,
and imprisonment a dire sad life
for freedoms inept replacement.

No chase, no hunt,
or dominion owned,
a pride to depend on your being,
just a lonely empty world of
all you are not,
a tiger in a box.

Now you dream of halcyon days,
under shade in summer swelter,
slumber deep in pleasures,
and knowing life is on your terms,
the plains a brown endless world
of adaptation.

Each breath now is labored,
indolent ways have broken your back,
and no fight is left to wager
you are the apex of your kind, yet,
just a tiger in a box,
deflated.

Tony DeLorger © 2016

Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au
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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for Allpoetry.com, Google+, tonydwtf.blogspot.com.au videos on YouTube and book sales on website thoughtsforabeautifulmind.com, Amazon and digitalprintaustralia.com.au/bookstore

6 thoughts on “A Tiger in a Box…a Sad Surrender

  • August 29, 2016 at 10:15 AM
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    So sad to see an animal, of any kind caged. We have such an amazing Zoo and Wild Animal Park here in San Diego, and though they strive to provide enclosures that offer better living conditions, there is no denying the animals pacing of the walls, or vacant stares. I recognize there is much to be learned and gained in their studies, enabling us to get a closer look, and better understand, so I get it. Still, It never feels right to witness their containment. Enjoyed thinking on this.

    Best,
    Mel

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  • August 29, 2016 at 6:36 PM
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    I agree and understand as well, often the work ensuring that species survive, but when you see those eyes staring back at you, all you can do is feel sadness. Glad you related. Cheers!

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  • August 29, 2016 at 7:38 PM
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    To see a wild animal taken from its natural habitat and caged is a sad thing indeed. As a kid I loved to go to the zoo. As an adult I see the truths in the vacant eyes of the animals. Such a very well express verse, Tony. Good on you.

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  • August 29, 2016 at 10:58 PM
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    Glad you appreciated the thoughts Phyllis, they are such beautiful creatures, and to see them caged is a travesty. They should be free.

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  • November 11, 2016 at 7:37 AM
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    All animals should be free to roam in their natural habitat, unfortunately so many are endangered and at the constant threat of poaching so there is no alternative but to try and protect the species through housing them in zoos and trying to continue the species through breeding programs. A well written poem with a message. Some people too live their lives like a tiger in a box.

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  • November 11, 2016 at 4:21 PM
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    So true John, pleased you enjoyed the work my friend. Cheers!

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