Animated by heaven’s fire,

but most active when it’s dim,

the solitary jaguar prowls

the earth, the river, the trees;

carnivorous at the food chain’s apex,

top cat in every sense, only man a threat,

stocky and steady on powerful legs,

to competitors paying no heed,

impervious to his prey’s doomed howls,

never doubting it’s all about him,

a skilled assassin, but not for hire.


Copyright 2018

T. Allen Culpepper


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