Old age

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Conscious of it lurking nearby

a malevolent presence

a sinister hazard

its preliminary attacks 

not entirely unexpected.

 

Suddenly pouncing, leopardlike

prowling in the high dry grass

masking evil intentions

camouflaged by dappled pelt

ready to spring on its prey.

 

Where had it been skulking?

Hiding in the woodshed

in a little-used cupboard

inside an old trunk in the attic

stealthily, secretly, biding time?

 

At present only minor sallies though

revealing razor-sharp fangs

pitiless mouth and claws unsheathed

to maim, disable and incapacitate

in preparation for that final fatal leap.

 

◄ The little girl

Hopeless ►

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jennifer Malden

Wed 24th Apr 2019 17:53

Thanks John too for the like. Jennifer

jennifer Malden

Fri 19th Apr 2019 20:17

Thanks Keith and Mona for the likes, and Frances and Jane for the comments as well. As so many WOL members appear to be mature, oldies, senior citizens, whichever you prefer, hope it may strike some cords! The beast has been making rather too many strikes recently!

Jennifer

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Fri 19th Apr 2019 04:23

This reminds me of a book of poems by Harry Farrell from Chingola, Zambia called 'Copper Dust & Other Gleamings', who often wrote from the animal's p.o.v. It's a particular favourite of mine.
So I'm a sucker for anything which includes these magnificent beasts. Thank you for such a fabulous reminder, Jennifer.

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Jane Briganti

Fri 19th Apr 2019 02:22

Wonderful imagery😊

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