Going to the Zoo

I was thinking about
going to the zoo
but I didn’t want to go alone
imagining those young mothers
holding their children close
watching me
whenever I walked by and
why does it make me feel guilty
when I know
I’ve done nothing wrong and
I like watching the sea lions
standing near the rail
for hours at a time
while they swim circles
around the pool performing
for the people and
maybe
it’s just me
but they always look happy
not like the lions and
the tigers I see
pacing back and forth across
their cages looking restless and
I know how it feels
like you’re trapped all the time
with nowhere to go and
it’s probably too late
anyway
I mean
if they set them free now
after all these years
I’m pretty sure
they wouldn’t want to leave