...As the grownups sat down and started to ponder
the cousins grew bored and decided to wander
They swung in the cages like acrobats
and played inside empty habitats.
They paddled and swam in the penguin pool
and jumped in the piles of llama wool.
But the littlest cousin, named Téa Pearl,
she stepped outside the hippo world.
She looked at the boys, but saw only beasts.
Little boy beasts.
“That’s it!” she cried. “This isn’t the end.
We don’t need any pets, we’ll dress up and pretend.
These bars on the front are more than just cages.
Think of them now as the edge of small stages.”
She reached in her dress and pulled out some chalk,
and started to draw on the blank sidewalk.
She started the line at her grandmother’s feet
and traced Lola’s shadow ‘til the line was complete.
When Lola looked down at the shape on the ground
she smiled at the bear silhouette that she found...