Treasure Island

Tristan Moss


An invisible lion


Behind the high fence
a lion paces
that some mimic, some ignore
some study, some admire.

And the fence
seems more real
than the lion.

We're told
it was rescued
from a two-metre-square cage
and now
could not survive
in the wild.

For a moment
I catch its stare
and the fence disappears
and I want to run
from this old lost loin
but instead I stand there
unable to move.

Submitted: Monday, July 21, 2014
Edited: Monday, July 21, 2014

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