the lion appears – August 28


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



life and death I swear

but they hear only

that I have raised

my voice.


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