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infirmity in Chonburi
the great striped one is dead.

he held his head high,
matched each stare with his own.

paced back and forth
in his steely prison.

prided himself on strength and agility.
possessed a haughty look.

heir of royal heirs.
his dream of roaming the fishing shores of Pattaya lost.

a lone pug mark on Bangkok
unprotected by the spirit
of Kao Sam Muk.

the mighty Bengal,
who once wounded trees
with retractable talons,
marking his territory

taken down in his prime,
by fowl
unawares.



(In October, 2004, twenty-three tigers perished in the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand. They died from bird flu by ingesting infected chickens).

------
Jean Bailey Robor


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The following comments are for "Thailand Mourns"
by AngelChik

Awful...
Is the only word that comes to mind. These animals are rare enough without this happening.

I liked the word play at the end, simple but poetically effective.

Alex :-)

( Posted by: londongrey [Member] On: November 8, 2004 )

Thank you
Thank you for your comment. I found it awful as well. Our local newspaper had such a short column on it, but after a bit of research, I felt the need to write something of it.

( Posted by: Angelchik [Member] On: November 8, 2004 )





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