Leopard Lesson

Written for:  The Sunday Muse #22


Courtesy Google Images

They warned me–it is not
like I was ignorant
of what could befall me–
my might and fright,
should I venture indoors.

We need a leopard, they
said, for quick scene in film.
Look, they said, we laid a rug
of the finest grasses
for your comfort. Quick snap

and you are free to go with
our complimentary store
-house of food. Enough to last
through harsh winter. I was
tempted.  That’s how they get you.

So I saunter in, pose, and they loose
that hidden fan.  Wham!  My mighty
spots hit the wall.  No longer am I
a proud leopard.  Do not become spotless.
It is humiliating.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to Leopard Lesson

  1. Vicki says:

    Oh, I love the way you took the picture, nice!


  2. coalblack says:

    They may have needed a leopard but they got a cheetah. At least it also has spots! 😉


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