There is no other word to describe the color
of the winter fields the road cuts through
on my way to you –
exactly like the back and haunches of a lion,
the hairs of his mane stirred by wind,
sifted like grains of time.
Another time, I might call that lion
Samson, and wonder if, among his pride,
prowls a lioness named Delilah.
Another time, I’d ponder the power
in hair to seduce. And yet in a bald head,
there is virility, brawn.
And in the face of a woman shorn by chemo,
a terrible beauty.
But for today, I think of the heart of a lion,
how it takes courage to love.
My own heart so vulnerable again,
like the hare in its hutch in the moon.
Lion or lover,
if I squint, I can almost
unsee your face there. Almost.