Poems

The Lioness Woke

The lion sleeps tonight
Or is she sedated
As my pulse raced her body vibrated.

I felt it
I knew it
But they wouldn’t listen
And all of a sudden I saw her eyes glisten.

A lick of her lips
Shuddering stretch of a paw
She sprang out of her hammock and onto the floor.

Diving straight for my body
Determined to shred me
I was pinned to the walls of the cage where they’d laid me.

I held her face tightly
Her eyes burned mine through
As I struggled to hold what I knew she could do.

Once more to the lions
I’m thrown just to see
What next would transpire between this cat and me.

I breathe to my centre
Hold open my heart
Regard her with love and she stops with a start.

A sniff of my hand
A slow blink of an eye
We share a connection this big cat and I.

She chooses to settle
Lies down by my side
The crowd’s expectations are flatly defied.

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