“Desire, a Hungry Lion”

Dorothy Trogden, author of "Tall Woman Looking"
At 7pm on May 30, I’ll be reading with poets Kathleen Flenniken and Dorothy Trogdon at the University Bookstore. Here’s one of my favorite of Dorothy’s poems. It’s in her collection TALL WOMAN LOOKING from Blue Begonia Press. Come hear her read. She’s marvelous, and I believe this is her first reading in Seattle.

Desire, a Hungry Lion

                                                                  For RB

A hungry lion is loose in the streets of May.

How difficult it is for you to know what you require
at any passage of your life
               yet something sees and knows and waits

until you open your door and go forward to meet it,
to offer what has been taking shape within you.

Hold out the tempting crumbs in the palm of your hand
and quietly wait until you feel the touch of the velvet muzzle.

Look well at the fur and claw of wildness, your brother.
The stars need darkness or you would not know them.

—Dorothy Trogdon

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