Friday, January 6, 2012

In The Wild

Raising a Leopard

A female leopard
lives alone
and likes it.

She casts a solitary
on the savanna.

She is a ghost
of the gorge,
a wraith
at the waterhole.

and nomadic,
she hunts,
and wanders the night
ever establishing
a permanent den

she has a cub.

Finding the animal within for Fireblossom Friday at Real Toads


Teresa said...

Love your description of the leopard. It kind of reminds me of me~a loner that wandered until I had my son.

Fireblossom said...

Mama Spots and Baby Kitty, I presume?

As always, you paint a vivid portrait in just a few lines. Thanks so much for being part of my prompt at Toads!

Susie Clevenger said...

I feel the pacing of the leopard in this..solitary, efficient, proud

Sylvia K said...

This is terrific, MZ! I love it! The perfect word portrait of a mama leopard! Beautiful!


Christine said...

beautiful, I can relate to this

Sioux said...

I love your use of white space, and it certainly rings true. Once you're a mother, you're a mutha when it comes to many things.

Jinksy said...

Cubs knock spots off other attractions! LOL ♥

Kay L. Davies said...

The nesting instinct, isn't it wonderful. I'd build a nest and stay home for this cute little cub, too.
I love it, MZ.

kaykuala said...

A leopard with spots is always seen as a loner and dangerous. I wonder if without spots something like a lioness would make it any different!


Monika said...

Until there comes someone who relies on you, how true!

Dave King said...

That's my kind'a gal! (When I'm dreaming romantic dreams, that is...)

happygirl said...

Single mom. This is kind of sad. Strong, beautiful, but sad.

Mary said...

I just LOVE the ending!! The cub makes ALL the difference.

Doctor FTSE said...

Then she becomes a Mum amongst the world's Mums.

Marian said...


hedgewitch said...

Succinct foray into the natural history of the soul.

Fred said...

Excellent piece MZ, wonderfully set up, love the ending. Great job. Thanks

Heaven said...

That last line changes us all ~

Nice one MZ ~

Claudia said...

i like the independent voice here..the finding freedom and peace in just roaming the space and being content with oneself..and then the circumstances that change everything...and it's good..found myself a bit in this

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so love this. It is perfect.

Laurie Kolp said...

Love the ending... I think having cubs changes all of us.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

This is awesome:

"She is a ghost
of the gorge,
a wraith
at the waterhole."

And the ending is a perfect surprise, and so true.


Anonymous said...

evocative ~ gorgeous description of the leopard that rings true for many. {i was only 19 when i had my daughter.}

LOVE this!

Lolamouse said...

The little ones will do that to us wild girls, won't they?

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