Poems for Sunday – Lion of Sacrifice

like a caged animal
i paced within this prison
longing desperately to be
yet lashing out at
anything or
who came near

then You came
trying desperately to
unlock the door
as my claws made
jagged wounds against
your flesh

finally the lock
snapped and in that
brief moment of
You collapsed in
your life gathered
red about

i stepped cautiously
warily from the door
and went to lay
down by your side
caressing your bloody
cheek with one
huge paw while
weeping large
tears of

May 9, 1987

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