When You Are the Zoo

The best attraction at the zoo might be you

Thomas Plummer
Blue Insights
Published in
2 min readJun 7, 2024

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Ah, a day at the Melbourne zoo.
Hot, steamy, cloudless, Florida
in June miserable, sweat streaming
down the crack of your butt hot.
I am leaking so badly my socks
are wet and my shoes squeaking.
I find a place in the shade, ten feet
from beer so cold the cans are frosty,
and the world passes by my table.

Little kids in strollers, tongues out,
drool, red cheeks, sleepy eyes,
some with small fans blowing
in their faces as they shriek,
ignored by parents on a mission
from God to walk every trail,
see every beast, we paid for it
and we will see it all dammit.

The parents nearly naked. Sun screen
melting on their faces, streaks of fiery
red on necks and foreheads. Dads in
cargo shorts, plastic shoes, pockets bulging,
faded tee shirts struggling to cover too much
beer and wings, moms wander by pushing
the buggies in tight, stretchy shorts, like
watching a pile of ferrets trying to escape
from a pillow case. The…

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Thomas Plummer
Blue Insights

A simple life dedicated to leaving the world a little better than I found it. Long career in the business of fitness, writer of books, speaker, personal coach.