Nature Of The Beast

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Predator And Prey

The lines are an excerpt from the Russian poet Boris Chichibabin’s poem By The banner Of Happiness I Swear.

Life exists with both the spirits of predators and preys. As in animal kingdom so in human society.
The most interesting point is that predators and preys evolve together. One, in order to eat and the other to avoid being eaten.

Just
as
people,
animals
are not all alike.
I know of a lion who tried
to be brave, plagued with a cowardly nature since birth.
In opposition, position taken by a little dog was to bite an evil witch.
So although a lion sleeps in a lair, and little dog in furry bed, it might be said neither of
     them considers the other prey.

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are in the process of returning to New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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9 Responses to Nature Of The Beast

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    I love this! I also love the quote about predators and prey evolving together. Very true.

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  2. Sumana Roy says:

    yes and they do surprise us sometimes…

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  3. oldegg says:

    We each live in our own worlds so should be wary of others realms.

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  4. Such a wise & profound write 🙂

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  5. Jae Rose says:

    I love the spirituality in this piece – the wisdom and fable gently sleeping side by side

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  6. Susan says:

    Imagine if we all hesitated before the kill–letting the other side of us grow!

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  7. Mary says:

    Really enjoyed this one! Thank you.

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  8. julian says:

    Nicely done, I can re-late to your opening line.

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  9. jasmin says:

    most enjoyable to read; love the contrast you’ve given between lion and small dog, can so relate to us mere mortals too.

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