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(Raise Your Voice) Bat in the Window

Poetry By: Ousma

A poem for a poor bat stuck in a hardware store that I saw last night. Of the ten or so people crowded around to stare and gawk, I was the only one who suggested calling for help. You should have seen the looks people gave me. I wanted to cry.

Submitted:Aug 6, 2011    Reads: 20    Comments: 4    Likes: 3   

Frantic flitter flutter

Bang crash on the glass

Scared and hungry, breath stutters

The exhaustion is utter

Strange faces in the window

Big frightening loud

Oh! Wow! Ew!

Safe on the other side

From this hideous spectacle

She didn't mean to get stuck in here

Her fuel is fading fast

The food she needs on the flipside of the glass

Not one life on the line but two

A tiny helpless infant waits at home

For a meal it can't get on its own

Oh, a bat! A bat!

Do you want to see a bat?

Ew, would you look at that!

A bat!

Scared and alone

With no way home

If that were you

Wouldn't you want help too?

Yet you just point and stare

You got your thrill

Beyond that your don't really care

We should call animal control

They can come set it free

It needs to hunt all night

To eat two thirds of its weight to survive

It will die of panic and fatigue

If we just…

Blank stares.

Oh, excuse me, where are my manners?

I forgot, we are the only beings that matter

I forgot, we own the world in every way

And all the creatures that were here before us

Are just a nuisance in our day

Go home, tell the story of the bat trapped in the hardware store

I forgot that animals are just for looking at

And our amusement is all they're really for

Go on, gawk at the ugly bat

That's all her life is worth, nothing more.


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