Denis Martindale

Thoughtful - Poem by Denis Martindale

The lion's craggy face was caught,
One camera shot in time,
When there reposed and deep in thought,
Reflecting past his prime...
No longer sleek, no longer swift,
No longer roaring loud
And life seen as a passing gift,
Of which he should be proud...

The alpha male had lived life well,
With many battles won
And brave the tales that he could tell
Before the parting sun...
Yet he was silent as the grave,
Prepared to face his fate,
For there was no-one there to save
From this, the final date...

When mortal creatures sense their end,
How thoughtful they must be,
Yet humans learn God is their friend
For all eternity...
The lion stared up at the sky
And yet without a prayer,
It's only humans who ask, 'Why? '
Eternity to share...

Denis Martindale, copyright, February 2013.

The poem is based on the magnificent painting
by Stephen Gayford called 'Thoughtful'.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 16, 2013

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