Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cecil the Lion, R.I.P. by Donal Mahoney

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We know the story about
Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe 
killed by an American dentist 

who paid a guide to find him 
a lion he could kill
with a bow and arrow.

The guide lured Cecil, a lion, 
off a wildlife preserve, using
the stench of a dead animal 

roped to the top of his vehicle. 
The dentist’s arrow wounded 
Cecil but it took hours to locate 

the lion and kill him with a rifle.
No word yet as to whether Cecil’s
heart, brains and liver were shipped 

the way a Planned Parenthood staffer 
said her New York agency ships 
smaller hearts, brains and livers.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pruning by JD DeHart

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Earth gives only so much
and does not always cooperate.
We gather and steam 
and work and regale each
other with stories.  Meanwhile,
a single emerald winks 
from the dull ground, then becomes
another and another
until life pushes forward, sliding
aside our doubtful sands
and mournful pebbles.
A new life, a new garden
begins with that single stem
suddenly, exultantly budding.