Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Searching for Mr. Lemur” by Mary Soon Lee, a Songs of Eretz Frequent Contributor and this week’s Poet of the Week. A biography of Ms. Lee may be found in our “About Our Editor & Frequent Contributors” section.
Searching for Mr. Lemur
Mary Soon Lee
At the zoo,
the tiger wouldn't even look at me
as he paced the perimeter of his cage.
I tried telling him
to lie down, relax,
that there's only extinction beyond,
but no matter how large the enclosure
he can never forget the walls.
I mentioned the sea lions,
partying playfully in their pool,
but he said he preferred
his own company.
Swans, I pointed out,
never feel a need
to get away from each other,
their longest flights
The tiger didn't deign to reply,
but the notice by his cage
said that males walk out on their mates
after a week. Or less.
Next time, I'll pick a lemur guy
instead of a tiger guy,
someone who ends arguments
by curling his tail around me
and falling asleep on my shoulder.
Poet's Notes: The woman narrating the poem is fictitious, but the zoo and animal details are based on the nearby Pittsburgh Zoo. I am particularly fond of the lemurs.