“Where Are the Lions and Tigers?”

The ravens ride in chariots
Atop a whirling, prescient breeze.
Rabbits, mice, their compatriots
Fear vicious maelstrom but they freeze.

Bloodthirsty wolves with teeth of steel
Slash heartlessly amid the storm.
Headless corpses no longer feel
The pain as devil creatures swarm.

Snow falls on fertile pasture land
Ice forms on shattered mammals’ dreams.
Ferocious winds strafe o’er the sand
And carry off the tortured screams.

Where are the lions, tigers bold?
The wise old owls who preach for peace.
The wolves will howl until they fold
When fox and dove force them to cease.

(Written for dVerse, MTB: Systematically Derange the Language–Surprising Conceit, March 5, 2015).

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21 Responses to “Where Are the Lions and Tigers?”

  1. brian miller says:

    its one thing to speak of peace…another thing entirely to work toward it…interesting play with the animals there in the end and in the first stanza as well vb….we need the lions protecting their pride…smiles.

    • vbholmes says:

      We need more than the wise old owl preaching peace. We need the lion to lead and “protect the pride”, the tiger for enforcement, the fox to be clever, the rabbts and mice to stand up and act instead of “freezing”, and the dove to keep reminding us that peace is the ultimate objective for mankind.

  2. I was wondering where you were. I see last post in November.

  3. love the old owls preaching peace – my favorite animal… smiles.

    Visceral write; headless corpses no longer feel… makes me think of how they say
    when your head gets cut off, you still live for a few seconds afterwards…

    • vbholmes says:

      I hope that’s not the case–that would be a tough several seconds for anyone to bear. Can’t imagine what inner drive prompts a man to be so brutal as to decapitate another.

  4. kanzensakura says:

    Note: sign in of Hayes Spencer is Kanzensakura…I like this. I too like owls but we can’t just talk about peace, we have to work at it. Very interesting piece with the play of the animals and contrasts with the visceral headless corpses. Excellent write.

  5. Mary says:

    Excellent and strong images! As Anthony said, very visceral. Especially that second stanza. I do hope we listen to those wise old owls who preach for peace.

  6. Ravens whirling sentient breeze.. wolves with blood thirst roam heartless and slash the midnight storm.. Zombies appease sentiment of old.. the dove lies at feat of fox.. and the truth lives on in clever fox….paws….:)

  7. Grace says:

    I really like the use of animals specially the ending:

    Where are the lions, tigers bold?
    The wise old owls who preach for peace.

    Really well done with the challenge ~

  8. Anna says:

    Lions and tigers and corvids, oh my! Your diction is scrumptious. The animal conceit is very appealing, so I concur, well done!

  9. Seems like we are always weathering storms, physically and metaphorically and you paint a vivid picture, VB. The owl offers hope. Good to see you back. Your posts make me think.

  10. The images of animals with all its symbolism reads to me as a protest against the war. I think you managed successfully to combine the prompts of Tuesday and today. Nice to have you back at the bar.

  11. billgncs says:

    wow VB – this really worked for me – I don’t know what it’s called but I enjoyed how you alternated the rhyme lines within the stanzas. I may steal that !

  12. MarinaSofia says:

    Great to have you back – long time no see!
    I love the lengths to which you have gone with the animal metaphor – all learning to cohabit the ark together, or so it feels like!

  13. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    A sad situation in any language.

  14. hypercryptical says:

    Visceral indeed and an excellent write.
    Let’s hope that one day peace will reign.
    Anna :o]

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