I went on a journey, not knowing where to go.
I first saw a tiger with a wound on his paw.
I tried helping him, but he gave me a roar
So, I just kept going with a visible frown.
A snake then saw what happened back there.
She hissed and talked with great despair.
“This is a dangerous road. You surely are unaware.”
I smiled at her, but she left with no care.
I continued my journey to a place unknown.
Then, met a dog playing the trombone.
I clapped and whistled and gave him a bone.
He said, “Thank you, kindly,” then left me alone.
I went back to the track of my crazy journey.
Then, saw a sea lion catching fish in the sea.
She saw me as well and honked with glee.
“You seemed tired, dear traveller, care to follow me?”
I followed the sea lion and asked what she meant.
She said, “I’m just being kind and needing a friend.”
She led me to a cave where she has cooked bread.
She gave it to me, and I regained my strength.
I left the cave and went back on my journey.
I encountered a monkey so weak and so thirsty.
He stopped in front of me and asked for a drink.
I gave him one and he snatched my bag in a blink.
Left with nothing, I carried on with my journey.
I then bumped into a bear savouring honey.
He asked, “Are you okay? You seem so lonely.”
I smiled and sat beside him and told him my story.
The bear offered me a place for the day.
We crossed a bridge and reached a wondrous bay.
We went inside a small hut made of hay.
He said, “It’s nothing much but please enjoy your stay.”
That one day turned into many weeks.
I built my own hut with learned techniques.
I even discovered how to make a candle wick
And he even taught me how to cook some fish sticks!
I went on a journey, not knowing where to go,
But found a friend and found a place to call home.
Hannah Jen Otilla is a Communications Studies student at UNB Saint John. As part of a COMx project, she is writing poetic photo essays for The Lorenzo Review. Keep an eye out for her next submission!
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