[Milton-L] Carter's Hungry Lion
kanderso at mccallie.org
Tue Apr 8 07:58:03 EDT 2014
Villanelle for Carter's Lion
Why does the lion always stare at me?
Inquired Adam of innocent Eve.
He is hungry for what he cannot see.
He grazes with other stock and sips tea
And devours biscuits with us after we leave
Our work in the yard. Yet he stares at me
With famished eyes that make me want to flee
This place. Yesterday I saw him receive
Some fruit from a creature I could not see.
He and the falcon gathered by the tree
With the cold-skinned snake as if to conceive
A plot. Look how these creatures stare at me.
Emotions stir my heart with such degree
That lack names for feelings that I believe
Ominous for what I cannot foresee.
The rib that God took from me to form thee
Secures our peace. But these beasts seem to grieve
For a king that will soon rule over me
And hunger for power we cannot see.
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