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Lioness Waits for Dinner


The best I could hope for was a lame or weak animal, 
limping along, not able to catch up with their tribe.
My cubs are hungry, and they like fresh blood meat.
A young antelope or gazelle would be perfect!

As I glance through the African grasses, I consider different scenarios.  
The old ones often fall behind, but their tummies are not tasty.
 There is more gristle, sinew, and splintery bone than meat.
The last time I brought home an old one, we could barely gnaw through.

A herd of kudu came leaping through, graceful, confident.
Hunting a young healthy one would certainly spook the pack 
They might invariably change their feeding path after a fear like that.
I lick my lips, waiting for young ones, but maybe they are unborn.

The hyenas came past my grasses next with noises that infuriate me; 
 “Supper?” my bravest cub asks me, hopefully.  Soon, I say with yellow eyes.
I am proud that my hunting prowess has kept them alive so far,
My cubs and I sit down to wait, not as patient as we were at day’s beginning.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 4/10/2019 6:42:00 PM
You know, if humans took the time with their children that most wild animals do; I think the world might be a much more wonderful place. People used to learn from the animals; now we learn from the computer and sports stars experiences...it leaves huge gaps in our lives and in our education.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/10/2019 10:59:00 PM
Oh, yes, it certainly does. Where is this poem, M.L?
Date: 4/10/2019 6:30:00 PM
Caren, I was thoroughly enchanted by your awesome lioness's stream of consciousness. Your talented pen brought this mighty queen to life in a vivid and vibrant way. Loved it all, but I especially love your last two lines for a perfect and poignant finish. Warmest wishes always, my friend.. ~Susan
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 4/10/2019 10:59:00 PM
Wow! Thank you Susan. I so appreciate you and your lovely comments!