The two boys grew apace
and eventually graduated
from incubator to basket
and play-pen and
(when they got too boisterous)
to a cage in the Mammal House.

Here,
with access to sunshine and fresh air,
they grew even quicker,
beating up their toys
and thumping their chests
like adult gorillas
in an effort to prove to us
how powerful and savage they were,
a boast belied
by their enchanting woolly,
piccaninny looks
and the humorous glint in their eyes.

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