28 June 2017

At the Zoo

When I was around five years old,
I was taken to the Zoo.
I was blond, and small, and shy,
nothing was I dared to do.

A group of older schoolboys stood
next to the cage of monkeys,
"You're ugly!" they mocked the chimps,
"You are ugly!" they chanted.

I threaded my way through them, and
bravely stopped before the bars,
"You're beautiful, beautiful!"
I started to shout aloud.

My grandmother and I

This story was told by my grandmother so many times, but I don't know what happened after that... I'd like to think the boys fell silent, ashamed, but more likely they didn't care about me so much... :D

Photos were taken at Budapest Zoo in 2004.


  1. That is a wonderful story! But I do hate to see animals in cages.

    1. I absolutely agree with you. You can feel their sadness... ♥

  2. What a lot of different animals. They look cared for so it doesn't look so bad for them. :)

    1. Fortunately, more and more zoos try to make the animal homes comfortable and more natural, and try to make their lives interesting and active... :-)

  3. Oh my goodness, is that a baby camel? It looks so cute! :)
    I don't like zoos very much either. Preserving and protecting endangered species? Perhaps in some cases...
    The story you told is wonderful. I believe the boys wanted to look unperturbed, but perhaps something good happened in their minds.
    Have a lovely weekend, Edit, and remember that your comments are never too long. :)

    1. Thank you for the lovely words, dear Sara! I think the zoos have been changing a lot... fortunately. :-)

  4. lovely animals at the zoo.

  5. oh dear this poetic story is so inspirational!!!
    may be the boys did not care that time but she discovered her and that was truly amazing.
    i clicked on image and saw your beautiful grandmother and you in pretty green,you look adorable dear friend!
    photos are stunning

    1. Oh, thank you so much! You are so kind! :-)


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