Monday, February 4, 2013

tiger (Lax)

drawing by Robert Lax, 1983 Furthermore Press

Tiger

A tiger
is like a
butterfly,

thought
the
tiger,

here today,
gone tomorrow

He is like a
bird - a hawk,
forever 
vigilant

He is even
a little
like an
elephant,

Ponderous
& basically
gentle

Not too
gentle,

said a 
younger
tiger

I only meant it
as a metaphor,

said the old one,

A tiger is like
a number of
things

coming to terms with what is inmost in our selves ...

  Czeslaw Milosz, The Paris Review "The thing is then not to struggle to work out the 'laws' of a mysterious force alien ...