Vani Agarwal


Who Is The Animal? - Poem by Vani Agarwal

Woke up to darkness, waiting to see the light,
Waited for the day, to put an end to night.
After a long wait, did he step out,
And the light touched his orange and black fur, making him shout.
His mother came running and bound him in her arm,
but he wanted to get out, he knew he is going to be charmed.
Heard every leaf, heard every sound,
looked through the forest, looked all around.
He wasn't worried, his mother was there.
If anything happens, she will love him and care.
Through the leaves, he saw sunshine,
but that was it, he was standing on the forbidden line.
He turned around, his mother said no,
but this was his dream, he wasn't going to just let it go.
He went on the other side and chased the sun,
his mother followed him as now the hunters hunt.
He stopped all of a sudden, he saw the light,
he didn't want to move, it was a beautiful sight.
and then there was a roar, he was pushed away,
Run! , his mother shouted, but he wanted to stay.
But left with no choice, he ran and ran and ran.
And stopped as his mother's roar sank.
through the bushes he saw the man take his mother's body away,
leaving blood and agony in the forest to stay.
He went back to darkness, to put away the light,
Waited for the day to end, waited for the night.

Topic(s) of this poem: fear, love, parent, sacrifice, tiger

Form: Elegy


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The story of a tiger whose excitement and thrill turns into horror within seconds. Can you guess who is the animal here? The man or the tigress and her cub/

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 30, 2015



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