the lion appears – August 28

8.23.2015

the lion appears

large sleepy

eyes gazing

 

I look back affecting

calm, lean to breathe

into its face

 

as it opens its

mouth to chew

on my hand

 

like a dog not

yet biting down

but en route.

 

the naked power

terrifies me yet

I lead others

out away

 

who then do not under

stand why I yell at

them.

 

life and death I swear

but they hear only

that I have raised

my voice.

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