Five Shooter by Anthony Lovell

Poems for Animals read by Anthony Lovell


“Five Shooter”, is a poem written by Anthony Lovell in support of the New Big 5 project, an international initiative to create a New Big 5 of wildlife, the Big 5 of wildlife photography, not hunting. Shooting with a camera, not a gun.



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Like fingers 

Each one different 

Distinct in purpose 

To hold, close your hand

Which one would you choose to lose

One less important than the other?


Big Five

Like fingers

All different, come together

Hold on for dear life

Which one would we choose to lose

One less important than the other?


Old Five

Like fingers

Hold a gun, one for a trigger

Squeeze off a round

One comes down

Which one did they choose to waste

One more prized than the other?


New Five

New hand dealt

Fingers come together

To hold a camera

One finger for a different trigger

To shoot yes, only to capture

No need to choose, shoot them all


Five shooter

All  prized equally

Shoot as many times as you like

No harm will be done to any one

Finally a hand, a steady hand

Five fingers to capture the big five

Without making them captive

Only their powerful images

Capturing the brilliant truth 

The sentience of their existence

Their majesty in the wild

Their right to live and roam

In their home

Untouched plains and jungles

Mountains and ice flows

That’s the prize, the trophy shot

The New Big Five



Anthony E. Lovell