Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ZEBRA IN THE PUBLIC ZOO, by LUCY LOUISE HATCHER



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ZEBRA IN THE PUBLIC ZOO, by            
First Line: I, too, have dragged out youthful years but gray
Last Line: And touch a soul, like mine, already dead.
Subject(s): Zebras


I, too, have dragged out youthful years but gray
Behind grilled cage; have felt the stare that sears
The unprotected soul; have seen the leers
Upon the bigot face; and flinched each day
Anew at ruthless stripes, my fell array,
That marked me for the shafts of brutal jeers.
Though free I am today, my soul still peers
Between the bars in fear and bleak dismay.
Some day, O Zebra in the public zoo --
Upon some high white day -- your golden chance
May come. Wherefore, hold high that valiant head;
Give stare for stare; keep lithe each rippling thew,
That Freedom may not come with shining lance
And touch a soul, like mine, already dead.





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