Karen GonzalezVidela


I Do Not Blame You


I do not blame you,
My beautiful friend,
I do not blame you.
I do not blame you
For taking advantage
Of what done to you was.
I do not blame you
For having the chance
And using it against good.
I do not blame you
For seeming so friendly
And then having a change so fast.
I do not blame you, my friend,
I do not blame you
For killing and drowning
That one who has been cried for.
I do not blame you, my darling,
For taking the life
Of that hand who fed you,
Though that hand fed
And trapped you;
Though that hand played
And forced you to jump;
Though that hand loved
But did not know the harm
That to you was done
In that little house they put you in.
I do not blame you, I do not;
You used your chances
And two times you were ignored.
So it’s OK if you did it again,
Though you warned,
And since no one stopped,
You also kept doing
What should not have been done.

Submitted: Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Edited: Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is dedicated to an incredible animal that is kept at Sea World. This is the orca/killer whale named Tilikum. I hope you all enjoy it. I think that it was not the animal's fault when it killed three people, though the animal was 'kidnapped' from the wild. I do not think that the trainers are mean; actually I think they are awesome people. I just believe that the animal misses its place or has a kind of 'trauma' like some humans have...

I love you Tilikum! :)

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  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (8/13/2013 5:07:00 PM)

    The title says it. When playing with an animal that cannot express its feelings that we cannot follow, we must take all care. Even a pet dog can react when you act differently all of a sudden. Nice poem to express your feelings. (Report) Reply

  • David Harris (8/8/2013 6:36:00 AM)

    Karen, I do not normally read too much these days, but your title intrigued me. As I immersed myself in your words at first I thought you were talking about a person. It wasn't until I read your notes at the bottom it became clear. I had recently read the story about Tilikum. You are right in saying it was not the animals fault. With any wild animal you have to hold a degree of caution. No matter how playful a wild animal is, it is and will always be a wild animal. It is a good write and I gave it ten whether that will show up I do not know.
    Hugs David (Report) Reply

  • David Harris (8/8/2013 6:35:00 AM)

    Karen, I do not normally read to much these days, but your title intrigued me. As I immersed myself in your words at first I thought you were talking about a person. It wasn't until I read your notes at the bottom it became clear. I had recently read the story about Tilikum. You are right in saying it was not the animals fault. With any wild animal you have to hold a degree of caution. No matter how playful a wild animal is, it is and will always be a wild animal. It is a good write and I gave it ten whether that will show up I do not know.
    Hugs David (Report) Reply

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