A Lioness Lies Sick

( Written after watching a program about a pride of lions whose best huntress is bitten by a snake and lies in the shade of a bush, trying to recover. It broke my heart.)

A lioness lies sick.

Her cubs are gone.

She waits alone.

Vultures rise by day--

By night, hyenas mock

Because a lioness lies sick.

Her cubs are gone.

She waits alone

To rule once more,

Or turn to bone.



Carolina said…
I was already crying because I just read T's post http://itmatterstome-t.blogspot.com/
and reading yours did not help. And your music doesn't cheer me up too. Thank you for that ;(
Hope the next blogger I visit will cheer me up. Otherwise I may need Prozac. Gosh. Snif.
Fireblossom said…
Sorry, Carolina! :-(
Anonymous said…
I can't watch the nature shows any more. The cycle of life is just too rough to watch in action.
Fireblossom said…
K, I got so wrapped up in her struggle! I wanted so badly for her to get better and rejoin her pride, and when that didn't happen, I sobbed, I was just wrecked. I can't bear for animals to suffer under any circumstances, but for whatever reason, this story especially got to me.
T said…
Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and the very kind words.

I enjoyed reading through your blog and your poetry is very moving.

I have a difficult time watching nature shows too, I always end up crying.

Hope you don't mind me following your blog.
Riot Kitty said…
oh! I love big cats. This makes me sad!

I haven't forgotten about lemonade, btw. I will post soon!
Fireblossom said…
T, I am so glad you want to follow my blog! Welcome!

Yep, RK, it really made me sad too.
Did I hear someone say Prozac? Where's the line?

And where are the cubs? Why are they not with their mother? You know how I personalize these things, like bathtubs for instance.
Fireblossom said…
Maybe they were taking a bubble bath? ;-)
Babies growing up and leaving their parent is part of nature. It should not be stopped. But it is very sad. Sadder stil that a parent holds back a child.
Jannie Funster said…
Gol-dang, this is great too.

You are a true talent and I am glad to know you.

The alone / bone is just crushingly great.

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