Nikki Magennis

Living In The Lion’s Belly


Underfoot the purrs rattle his ribcage.
Not a hum of pleasure, but a warning
held in the deep cave of his chest.
I stroke his syrupy heart, hold still, and sing

lullabies. From here, I only catch glimpses
of the world, framed by sword-shaped teeth.
See half-turned animals with eyes like flares.
Their astonishing markings; their fear so clear and sweet.

Copyright © Nikki Magennis 2013

Nikki Magennis is an author, poet and artist who lives in Scotland. www.nikkimagennis.com

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