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Shere Khan Lives
by Brian K. Eddy

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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Inside every housecat lives the wild tiger.

Shere Khan Lives

   Its a small apartment,
   Barely enough room for all your things,
   And through the doldrums of life you gaze upon its plainess,
   Clean, safe, and dull.

5   But, that's not what I see.

   For I am the Great Hunter,
   On velvet paws I glide about my domain,
   Stalking what I will,
   For I am the Master . . . of all.

10   The thickest jungle walls hide nothing,
   I hear every bird, beast, and man,
   The blood of my prey is hot and thick in my nostrils
   So begins the Game of Life . . . and of Death.

   I make not a sound in the pursuit,
15   Muscles working in graceful perfection,
   Stop! Crouching low, I edge forward, a patient eternity,
   Gather my legs beneath for a mighty lunge . . .

   I pounce! Jaws clamp, claws dig,
   A rolling biting slashing whirl of power and ferocity,
20   Until I hear the loving voice of my person,
   And I am again Princess the Siamese being petted,

   And I purr.

       Brian K. Eddy
       Sun Jan. 7, 1996


The sheer grace and beauty of the feline is unmatched in the animal kingdom. Her unconquerable independence is only a sign of her endless capacity for love.



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