Trusting dark eyes stare out from behind the cage
an expression of insecurity
the human hand persists,
voice soothes as fingers stretch out and repeat
the motions through the small opening.
Minutes later the response is love,
licking the fingers of the hand that saved him,
released him from captivity.
He and eight others are transported
sadness burning in their eyes,
a branding tattoo inside each ear,
The first moment outside captivity is
captured on film.
They have never seen the sun
Or clawed the earth
and when their cages are opened they
have no idea what to do.
Wary of life beyond the metal.
Trusting spirits still intact
with encouragement and time
they wander out to explore the world.
The same world that wrote them
a very different life story.