Kitsch, Kitchi and The Gazette


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The Gazette never fails to impress us with its journalistic tendencies.
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  • The Gazette never fails to impress us with its journalistic tendencies.

We here at the Indy respect The Gazette in so many ways, and for so many reasons, but especially its citizen journalism-based newspaperette FreshInk. Once a week, we know that, faithfully, we can turn to this Little Publication That Could for our fix of re-printed press releases, citizen photos and, as it turns out, stirring poetry.

By now, you've all heard the tale — ha — of Kitchi the otter, missing from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo these past six weeks, a topic that has been exhaustively covered by the daily, generating no less than 19 hits on its website (not to mention the time spent designing Kitchi buttons and cut-outs). Anyway, the Wednesday, April 28 edition of FreshInk offered an artistic rendition that will likely stay with us forever. (View the original here).

My name is Kitchi
And I got a little itchy
To see what went on
Outside the zoo.
Crawled through a hole
Much like a mole and
Went to the Broadmoor
Woooo Hooooo!!
They'll never catch me
Now that I'm free
I dine on fresh fish and fine wine
But if you don't see me
Downing ale at the Bee
Ask them to please play
"Born free"!

Inspired as we were, we felt it only appropriate to record a tribute reading of the poem, with the hopes that its sonorous tones would draw sweet Kitchi home.


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