Antelope & Lion

www.lazerhorse.org painting on the wall of Queen Nefertari's tomb

painting on the wall of Queen Nefertari’s tomb http://www.lazerhorse.org

What makes us run

Antelope from the growl

of a shadow lying in the grass

The instinct perhaps to survive

the mythical lion’s terrible claw

We’re vulnerability in fine lines

facing enemies we cannot see

who thirst for fresh blood

with irrepressible lust 

 

No grace in surrender

No peaceful cohabitation

between the hunter & the prey

So we flee the threatening voice

The echo of our own insecurities

bouncing off stone balustrades

once considered unassailable  

Hoping that one day in time

we might maybe return

“You see, my mind takes me far,

but my heart dreams of return.” ~ Henri Cole

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to Antelope & Lion

  1. Morgan says:

    Wonderful Poem that Made me Smile :) Blessings for a Sweet Today and Harmonious Tomorrow ~

    Like

  2. fight or flight – hard wired in the primordium

    Like

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