Live animals in transit

The night is a jaguar’s tail,
too dark to see if the driver has human eyes.
The van is too small for a horse,
too big for a grasshopper or one duck.
We are too far away
to hear any noise from inside.
Can a mouse understand a SatNav?
Cats probably prefer an A-Z map
to show off their skills to stupid hamsters.
The paintwork of the body is tortoise green,
like motorway trees in the day time.
There’s a puppy in the back of our car,
he has two legs, two arms and is daft
enough to think two apes know what’s going on.

© Carl Burkitt 2022

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