Intimidator, king of the jungle,
fierce flame brooding on paws,
commands obedience with
each claw etched footprint
marking his passage.
His lion stroll telegraphed
on the wind in scented exclamations
signals prey and foe to hide or face battle.
In the wild rule of expectations he plays
his role with stoic acceptance
the lamb spirit within must live
in the shadow of teeth honed
to the sharpness of enemy.
©Susie Clevenger 2021