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by Drew May

Shimmering, lean, dark flanks
through jacket after jacket of traveling
residue, a sliver in moonlight,
a promontory in shadow.

Arched back, poised grin,
claws of black rubber scathing,
marking territory, occasionally
dribbling, evergreens cringe.

Entranced, airborne water crystals
ascend, coating features in
translucency, except mouth and
nostrils, the heat oppressive.

Starting, shaking, primal scream
awakening, the crystals
fractured, sharp bright eyes
staring down prey.

Rolling away, knowing of path
fleeting of destination.


Author's Note: This is the second of two poems I discovered while perusing the depths of my writing folders. This too was posted to Pathetic back on the original creation date, but has been substantially revised, and now it's back from the dead, so to speak. The original inspiration was something that seemed very animal, obviously, but wasn't.

Posted on 12/13/2010
Copyright © 2023 Drew May

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Colleen Sperry on 12/13/10 at 06:12 PM

glad you posted this again!

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