going to the zoo still is fun for the younger kids, but leaves me more unhappy than ever.

rilke's panther is a jaguar here(2)

his gaze, going past those bars, has got so misted
with tiredness, it can take in nothing more.
he feels as though a thousand bars existed,
and no more world beyond them than before.

the full text of rainer maria rilke’s poem “the panther” you can find here.

rilke’s panther is a jaguar here

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3 thoughts

  1. I know the feeling. I always come away feeling sorrow for the animals. A person can tell they aren’t happy.

  2. And adding to that that there are more and more species that ONLY survive in zoos as we deliberately destroyed their natural habitat…

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