Treasure Island

Rachel Nichols


SeaWorld the Orcas Wish to go Home!


companies profit from capturing animals
and holding them for years!

does anyone know, is this imprisonment?

in a concrete box with no place to swim
orcas are held in captivity!

have these animals committed a crime?

their diet consists of dead fish
and in circles, they must swim!

is this treatment unethical?

I wonder do they wish to be free
or do they truly feel at home?

we must know, have they done their time?

somehow i feel they would love to do more
than the act of insanity!

is insanity doing the same thing continuously
and expecting a different result?

truly, i feel they are keeping hope alive
to someday return to their home

isn't this what prisoners do?

i imagine they would love to explore
the vast open ocean, chase live fish
and be with their friends!

or is this only a figment of my imagination?

Submitted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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....let's set them free....return them to the sea!

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  • Kevin Patrick (8/3/2014 11:29:00 PM)

    Its not a figment of your imagination, its an atrocity of what is happening, to these animals, although I use to like zoos as a child as an adult I cant help but see them as prisons for most animals, although part of me feels that in some ways it helps endangered species, their is no consolation for keeping a creature in an artificial environment against its will. Wonderful work Rachel, very much like your recent material, and just as sad but true (Report) Reply

  • Roseann Shawiak (8/3/2014 3:18:00 PM)

    Beautifully written poem, I love how you portrayed their lives in captivity, it really struck a chord within me. Often I wonder the same thing about the orcas - how can they stand to live in such a small space after being free to roam the ocean? It is nice to see them, yes, but they deserve to be freed. We humans do not use our understanding and compassion in the right way when committing these poor creatures to lives of captivity. Thank you for putting it out to the world - one day maybe - mankind will use their brains for the good of all and not try to imprison everything they see and want for themselves. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (8/3/2014 9:11:00 AM)

    It is a friendly poem on animals in captivity and it is beautiful. The animal caged may be experiencing much agony and hardships which they are denied their natural habitat but humans still committing the mistake without a concern or feeling. (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (7/29/2014 6:45:00 AM)

    In no ways they love to be caged and confined. We the insensitive human are committing a crime by keeping them in captivity. Thank you Rachel for focusing this to the public.

    You may read my poem (Are we really best? ?) (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/27/2014 12:40:00 PM)

    Orca in the pool performs for the same reason a caged bird sings. Inhuman are man's actions in the disguise of showmanship. Beautiful poem indicating what needs to be done. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (7/26/2014 7:13:00 PM)

    I'm 100% with you on this issue, Rachel. I think it's especially unforgivable that while most animals - deer, lions, elephants, etc. - are just imprisoned, the cetaceans are forced to perform routines for the crowds. Scientists like John Lilly verified their brains are immense and we force them to do tricks! So your side has my vote: FREE THE CAPTIVES - LET THEM GO HOME TO THEIR OCEANS! ! Your poem is just the passionate commitment the cause needs. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Katona (7/24/2014 6:05:00 PM)

    Watch the documentary Blackfish in full, or a short version on youtube and you'll realize how despicable it is for these animals to be in captivity. Thank you Rachel for raising awareness of their plight. I tried to write how a wholphin (half dolphin, half false killer whale) might feel in a poem called 'A Wholphin's Song'. We can never fully know the depths of their suffering. (Report) Reply

  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (7/24/2014 11:33:00 AM)

    A truly heart-felt delicate issue irritating all but human beings are becoming more of animals than animals itself.... a change in attitude is called for........Rachel........very well crafted touching poem (Report) Reply

  • Elena Sandu (7/24/2014 7:31:00 AM)

    Thank you dear friend, I also feel pain for all the other livings that we are either killing either take their freedom. As Thomas says the concept that all life is of the same value, to us the humans, is still a dream. I hope for the new world if we'd get the chance to have the law: we are all born free and equal and so we shall ever be... (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (7/22/2014 10:27:00 PM)

    That comes from man's subjugation od all animals to be inferior to his species. Not the concept that all life is of the same value . (Report) Reply

  • Monk E. Biz (7/22/2014 10:27:00 PM)

    I love the idea! Lovely thoughts of compassion for creatures, that is an exalted heart
    you have

    bless you for caring (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (7/22/2014 10:18:00 PM)

    That goes to the whole human experience of subjugating the world to the whims of man.
    Treating all life as inferior to himself, something he would not tolerate happening to him or his kind. (Report) Reply

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