Denis Martindale

Mum Knows Best

The lioness, three cubs in tow,
Observed surrounding scenes,
Much taller than her cubs and so
Would sense what intervenes...
As long as she was calm, at peace,
The three cubs had no fears
And since her love would never cease,
Like her, they'd live for years...

Until the cubs felt danger close,
This time was theirs to play,
As long as Mum was on her toes,
All the livelong day...
To minimise each cub's regret,
She was their warning bell,
Protecting here and now and yet
Their future years as well...

They were her golden legacy,
Defining all she was,
The future lions yet to be
If she escaped such loss...
Of course, there were no guarantees,
Life's such a fragile thing,
Yet everyone on Earth agrees
Each cub could be a king...

Submitted: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Edited: Saturday, July 13, 2013

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Denis Martindale, copyright, July 2013.

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The poem is based on the magnificent painting
by Stephen Gayford called 'Mum Knows Best'.
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