That lion there

25 Mar

That lion there

by L. Stewart Marsden

That lion there,
the one with splotchy, mangy hair
who lies in shade far from his lair
and pants last labored breaths of air —

Once was bold and fierce and strong
and where he walked the wary throng
of meaty prey gave way and long they
watched lest he should charge their way.

He once was young, a cub just born
who clung to mother’s teats and wore no
caution nor no wisdom yet —
essentials that would help him get to lionhood.

And if he could, that lion there
would soon return to those times where
his strength and youth were fresh and fair
and he could do whatever he would damn well do.

Copyright © by Lawrence S. Marsden, 25 March, 2014

4 Responses to “That lion there”

  1. scottrandall March 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    Nice! And you’re right – my photo would’ve worked well with this poem. If you’re ever looking for photos to go with your poems – let me know – I’d be glad to help….

  2. PuppyDoc (Phoebe) December 19, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Love it! 🙂

  3. skipmars July 31, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on Writing Odds n Ends and commented:

    In memory of Cecil, now deceased.

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