Written by Katie Allen
Society embracing the fast-paced life,
Although immersed in conflict and strife
Without time to marvel at wonders of the earth,
We grow either optimistic or cynical since our birth.
Multi-tasking is the norm,
Constantly busy even after we are worn
Developing competitive streaks, cut-throat and ruthless
These minutes flash by, let alone the weeks.
Craving love, acceptance and security,
Instead we may receive hurt, mockery and pity
Despite this we are strong and able to cope,
Only by believing in true faith and hope.
Clichés although they may conquer,
While the superficial and material consumption is paramount…
Empty disposable gratifications – our world is crying out
Gaining no internal satisfaction, are we becoming crazy?
Yes is fact – plus slightly stoic, complacent and lazy.
So in the midst of personal turmoil and chaos
Stay true to yourself, be authentic otherwise you are truly lost!
The Tiger may be beautiful and mysterious
But his huge sharp teeth are certain to make you nervous,
As he communicates while stretching his paws
You mustn’t make a single sound otherwise he’ll open his claws,
Towards doing something extremely notorious!
He releases an enormous roar making everything rumble
His almighty power can make anything crumble,
Able to prance up and down to the pulsating beat
Although when he’s camouflaged he ducks low to his feet,
In this humid psychedelic kaleidoscope jungle.
He cunningly scours in search for distant prey
As he reaches in for the kill – he targets those that lay,
The sleuth carnivore is still on the prowl
To discover and catch a meal using his dark nose to smell,
Patience is virtue, he instinctively thinks.
The tiger’s pride, dignity and reputation
Make all the other creatures have a scary sensation,
Just gaze at him cutting through the foliage
As sharp and deep like the blade of a knife,
Causing no end of chaos and strife
Especially when this ferocious figure is hunting for a female!
Our Short Poetry spotlight this month twins two extraordinary poems written by returning contributor Katie Allen. Blending together seamlessly despite their stark subject differences, both works of poetry take on strength of the mind, body and spirit. While Tiger was inspired by a trip to the zoo, Menkind was written by Katie as a way to explore the often cut-throat state of our world and, in particular, how people feel, consume and behave within it. Sometimes strength can take the shape of the tiger, seeking out its prey, but we also harbour it within ourselves. If you enjoyed Katie’s poetry, feel free to view her superb poetry published last month, “L.O.V.E“.
Featured Image CC // Frank