Lions

Not enough study
has been done
on old lions dying.

Unable to feed themselves,
without pride, teeth
or claws, their death
is starvation.
We don't wonder
what happens 
to predators past their prime,
pastures are 
for the meek, and
only reasoning primates
would contemplate
last rites
for their ancient nemesis.

The lion needs
no winter to die
and no writer.


 Jon Bohrn (2003) ("Pirates Parrots of 2nd Street")

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Lion
Lion
photograph
Ivan Rothman