Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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.

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11 comments:

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! :-(

K 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.

Poutalicious said...

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? ;-)

perfecthindsight said...

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.