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Anuj Nair 

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The Prideless Lion


                      The Prideless Lion

                           A happy lion roamed 

                    The perennial bushy tract

                    Though he lived alone, 

                    Not a lonely heart was he.

                    For food he seldom hunted, 

                    Else he never scared

                    Another living being , 

                    Not to hurt he cared.

                    Every day, he reclined 

                    In his lair, a barren rock 

                    In bliss ; yet no roar 

                    of ecstasy and rapture. 

                    Meek and weak a cub

                    Came that way, one day

                    With wounds and pleading eyes

                    Having lost it's pride and pride

                    The lion shared his food, 

                    Indeed the lion's share

                    And thrice the soothing lick

                    To cleanse the young one's wounds

The lion continued his watch

To see it's growth, or much

To see it happy and fine,

Stand on strong legs and wag it's tender tail

Foster guardian had to teach

Little cub, lessons rich

To hunt a prey and lunch

True to its instincts .

A hare once he caught

And placed before his pet

The cub, brave and fit

Jumped to catch it straight and won

The cub grew into a big cat

A chip of the good old block,

Thick tuft of hair on tail

With whiskers long and gestures strong.

One day, the lion saw it catch

A hare, with rapid snatch

After playing with it long

Killed for lunch and devour it

Slow he proceeded, sat

Beside the proud cat, that

A portion of the prey

Could he taste, to boost it's joy.

But frowned the grown up cub

Roared with all its might

Snarled and with its claws

So sharp and fierce, pounded on him.

The prideless lion fled

His face covered in blood

Though alone, not a lonely heart

In bliss ; yet no roar, 

of ecstasy and rapture. 

© 2012 Anuj Nair

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