Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The Kill

For Emily Dickinson

The surprise is
that we are shocked
at the viciousness of the kill

and the coolness
of the killer
after the act.

Watch the lioness at rest
the satiated sleep
the playful cuff of a cub’s head
the carefully retracted claws.

watch the lady pinpoint her target,
stalk, and strike.

It’s the covering of tracks
the washing of hands
the desire to be clean again
that marks out a human kill.

And it’s in the aftermath of rage
that we spot hope’s feathered edges
and reach.

Susan Jane Sims

Published in The Listening Walk.(ed. Sue Boyle) Bath Cafe Poets 2013

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