Poems of Hope and Despair

The Lion

Once a wild lion
Majestic and merciless
Leaped into my life.

The wild lion ate with me
And walked with me
It made the wild, wilder
It set my back on fire.

The wild lion sat with me
And dreamt with me
It made the soft, softer
It made my skin feel again.

This was a long time ago.
These days a lion appears
In my dreams, peering out of
The parking lot, or standing
At the intersection, waiting
For the lights to change.

Maybe for the sake
Of the children
I tamed the lion
Or maybe the lion left on its own
And now it visits me in my dreams
As patient as a companion





Esther Kamkar, Palo Alto, California artist and poet. Poems, poetry, writing, published works - footer logo

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