Skins by Sue Lobo

To thick beautiful coats of amoured hides,

Elephant, hippo, rhino & knobbled crocodile,

Of those who swim the depths of ocean tides,

Let´s all just stop & ponder them for a while.


Those of air, water, earth, marsupial & ovine,

Of velveteen & those of hair, fluff & fuzzy fur,

Feathered plume, talon, claw & hoofed bovine,

Don´t rob those that growl, sing & gently purr.


Coloured patchwork, patterns & rainbow plume,

Satins, silken wool & soft velvets they sport & wear,

Sheer gossamer lace of delicate sheen-like spume,

What right have we, you & me, to snatch rip & tear?


Feather boas, leather boots, coats & mole-skin belts,

Animal patterns & prints, ostrich, mink & shiny snake,

We shoot, trap & kill, taking their skins & lively pelts,

What right have we, to kill & all their coverings take?


Oh you of feathering frill, skin of silk & bejeweled hue,

Who plod, trip, slither & pound upon earth´s clod & sod,

Pardon us, for what we humans have taken away from you,

Only hoping our apologies reach the ears of a very forgiving God.


© Sue Lobo









Excerpt from the book “Wild Whisperings”

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About the Author

Sue Lobo is the author of three books of her experiences in Africa, a poetry book “Africa My Africa” which is poetry reflecting African life in the terrible apartheid era in South Africa & “Lollipops of Dust”, her autobiography, of a child´s view of living in colonial Africa, in the Kalahari desert, with all the magic of what the old Africa had to offer. Her last book “The Last Dance” was published by Creative Talents Unleashed. She has also participated in eleven poetry anthologies with other very talented poets & has won a couple poetry competitions in Gibraltar & Spain. On occasions she has written requested epitaphs and elegies for families of departed souls. She is married to a Spaniard, with two grown up sons & presently lives in Spain. The sale of this latest collection of animal themed poetry called “Wild Whisperings” published by Creative Talents Unleashed will go entirely to Save The Rhino Fund.

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