My Little Demon, or The Beast In Me

Last Wednesday was Setsubun in Japan.  It gave us all a chance to think about casting out our own little inner demons.

Then I went to Omoriyama Zoo on Saturday and thought about the beast in me. (自分の中の獣)  Sometimes he escapes his cage . . . especially when I’m driving!IMG_2220 (1024x768)

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“The Beast In Me”

Johnny Cash

The beast in me
Is caged by frail and fragile bars
Restless by day
And by night rants and rages at the stars
God help the beast in meThe beast in me
Has had to learn to live with pain
And how to shelter from the rain
And in the twinkling of an eye
Might have to be restrained
God help the beast in me

Sometimes it tries to kid me
That it’s just a teddy bear
And even somehow manage to vanish in the air
And that is when I must beware
Of the beast in me that everybody knows
They’ve seen him out dressed in my clothes
Patently unclear
If it’s New York or New Year
God help the beast in meThe beast in me
We had a great time at the zoo, if you have a chance, they’re open every holiday and weekend during the winter.  Many of the animals are much more active than in the summer.  Here are a few more pictures.
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