Mantelpiece Tableau

The white stag prances

fearlessly among tigers,

secure in the pride

of his majesty, almost

too good to eat;

and the tigers,

satiated, for the moment,

from a prior kill, humor

him, drowsily bemused

by his recklessness,

but disinclined

to hunt.

 

Copyright 2017

T. Allen Culpepper

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