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Not the worst part,
nightmares. Not this heat dome
nor the same dun yard
sewn to earth
outside the glass slider
with its pinch-pleated burgundy draperies.
Twenty hyenas corner Red the lion
on TV and no one interferes.
Not the producer,
not the one with the camera
nor the British narrator.
The lion a done for.
You can see it in his eyes
as he makes little charges
toward one or the other
as they circle and laugh,
yip, bite his back.

Judith Skillman is the author of twenty books of poetry. Her recent collection is Subterranean Address, New & Selected Poems (Deerbrook Editions, 2023). 

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