Poetry

In Honor of World Wildlife Day, and in the worldwide efforts to protect elephants…

This is a poem from our upcoming collection, Imperfection: Portraits by Katie Vyn.

 

In Our Hands

©2016 Katie Vyn

 

Red brown dusty dirt

sprays onto

grey wrinkled skin

 

the large ears

swoosh and sway

to rest and lay

again

 

a single shot

kills the air

before it meets

the side

 

and one of the last

falls to the ground

sending agonizing tremors

heartbreaking terror

through the earth

 

a calf stands

eyes searching

tears already drying

in the hot sun

 

as the men

carve out

her long white

bloody spears of ivory

 

weapons lay down

beside them

kneeling

working, grinning

with success

 

they miss

the lion lingering

ready to pounce

 

one predator’s

giant mouth

roars against

another’s senseless skin

 

and it’s too late

to run

to shoot

to cry out

 

Imperfection: Portraits

©2016 Katie Vyn

Mad Kat Publishing

 

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