The pride rest in the shade of a tree: (from left to right) Zulu, LE3 and Leya. © Emma Dunston


Eight billion humans tear this planet apart
Hating each other
Hating other species
Selfishly destroying
All the secret gardens
Of this world
Man came out of Africa
Killing as they went
Killing for food
Killing for ‘fun’.

In Africa now only
Twenty thousand lions with nowhere to hide
Just trying to take care of their pride
They defend each other, they share their food,They do not waste a morsel
For this they are hunted, shot, trapped, poisoned, burnt alive
By the killer species - homo sapiens. .

The crown of creation?

◄ Forgive, forget

Lunacy ►


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John Marks

Mon 17th May 2021 11:22

Thank you Stephen and Martin.

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th May 2021 11:09

Yes a powerful piece indeed. I find big cats and other predators fascinating. Lions in particular seem to be one of the few that operate in family units

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Stephen Gospage

Mon 17th May 2021 07:54

A powerful poem, John.

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John Marks

Sun 16th May 2021 21:40

Thank you Nazia. A belated Eid Mubarak. John

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