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The naked man gripped the bars and gazed forlornly through them. Above the cage, a sign labeled the occupant a "WERE-ELEPHANT."

The visitor read the sign, and ambled over. "Were-elephant?" he asked.

The man in the cage looked annoyed, but answered straightforwardly, "Yeah."

The visitor laughed. "Pretty small cage for an elephant."

"When I woke up from the tranquilizer gun, I was in the holding cage," the naked man said sourly, "so I switched to my human form. I thought they'd let me go when they found out I was a man, but they just put me in a smaller cage when they got me here."

"At least they labeled it right, you can't complain about that."

"I can't? They coulda killed me. This cage is too small for me to change back into an elephant, and I can't eat hay in my human form."

"What do they feed you?"

"What time is it?" asked the man in the cage.

"2:30." answered the visitor, looking at his watch.

"It's feeding time now." The man in the cage braced himself against the bars; above him, the top of the cage opened, and a wave of some suriupy, gelatinous mess poured down into the cage, pressing him against the bars and washing up and over his waist, between the bars, and out onto the visitor's shoes.

"Jesus!" said the visitor, screwing up his face at the smell, "what is that shit?"

"It's a mixture of shrimp, small mollusks, crustaceans, seaweed -" the man in the cage looked down at the suriupy liquid with some distaste. "It's called krill. They have me down in the feeding records as a whale."

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The following comments are for "The Man in the Cage"
by johnlibertus

I like your work, this one is strange but i still like it. It reprosents the world and the way that no matter how we change, it's how they view us that really ends up having the effect.
Where do u get the idea's for your story's

( Posted by: moggy [Member] On: December 18, 2003 )

I liked this, it gave me a giggle. I have to wonder what kind of circus this guy is in...wierd stuff. Good.

( Posted by: Jack [Member] On: December 18, 2003 )

hospital food
Oh, John. This was funny and poigniant and sad and a metaphor all at once. You do manage to write all my favorites together. It reminds me of Enormous Head.

You haven't been hospitalized recently,have you?

( Posted by: cybele [Member] On: December 20, 2003 )

hospital food?

Cybele, your comment was as funny as the story, I sat here and laughed for five minutes before I could even think to reply.

Both this story and Enormous Head come from a Buddhist world in my imagination. I'm actually recounting psychological truths, for those that have ears to hear, but you're the first person to spot that these stories are metaphors.

This story shows what happens to me when the people around me don't see me very well: they pass on what use I might be, and treat me like a natural wonder.

( Posted by: johnlibertus [Member] On: December 20, 2003 )

kidding me
No way...I'm the first to have pegged you for a parable-ist?

I would argue that you ARE a natural wonder. And wonder about the curious blindness of the people surrounding you.

( Posted by: cybele [Member] On: December 21, 2003 )

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