Not all animals are so lucky to have humans that love them and that they love in return…..

ONLY THE LONELY IVAN by HRobertson 6/2013

(Inspired by The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate)



I have watched a lonely life go by.


People positioning in line


Pinching pennies


Drumming nervous fingers,


keeping time, hemming and hawing


Scanning empty anxious eyes and kiosks


for direction signs and “Is this register open?”


Speeding to the next hurry up and wait


Where peace is a lost art and quiet a foreign language.


Like a Silverback Gorilla in a roadside arcade.


Surrounded by people, yet never really seen.



I’m going nowhere but to broken crayons


Hearing Narcissistic Human Home Sweet Homings


Incessant droning of “My will be done, not Thine.”


They smack their magpie beaks at graven images


Running on hamster wheels


In search of stuff to sharpen teeth and claws on.



Epidemically, More is never enough.


Ever over-eating, yet left needing


Hungering for…..they don’t know what.


They Congo line to my confinement


Then on to other conquests


I am Black Friday.


Anticipations are better than realities,


And in the end reduce to wrappers and cigarette butts.



Addictions and distractions


Rise septic and swirling in the slurry of me-balls. (poop)


Memory rains elephants in captivity


Clicking cruel reminders of


“How Not ToFeel.”


The reel to reel Net of my Flix reduced to shame.


My name is Ivan and your god is too small.











About hrobertson2013

“Each man ( and mermaid) will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land”. Isa 32:2 NIV Warning: The author of this blog is not an ordinary individual. Even Mermaids need a rest from all that's real and grown up. Welcome to the wonder of blog. Come be audience to all that's wet and wild in her stories, poems and thoughts. Instructor by day, super hero by night, and mystical mermaid by summer. Whenever she has the fortune of diving into a pond, reservoir, or mountain waterfall, you'll find her there swimming, and singing songs of life.
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