Arisa White is a poet and educator. Her forthcoming collection Who's Your Daddy? will be published by Augury Books in 2021. arisawhite.com
24 February 2015By Arisa White
We go to the Guyana Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the animals are kept in small cages. The otter swims diagonally back and forth in its pool; the puma, ocelot, and tiger prowl ten steps forward, then ten steps back, giving the funkiest stink-eye to rival the odor coming from their cages; the monkeys are so vexed and tired of being spectacle they toss food at us and shake their cages in hopes that this time the bars will concede.