All posts tagged: lions

Humble as a Lion

I was sitting in my lounge room when I noticed the lions in my front yard. They were padding around on the grass, the sun illuminating velvet ridges of muscle as they half-played, half-prowled before my eyes. With the careless hook of a claw they caught small animals – mice, rabbits and birds – before lazily mincing them through their teeth, sliding the still-warm meat down their gullet. Through my floor-to-ceiling windows I could see that these beasts were males, at their prime, with great woolly manes and energy quivering through their flanks. Still, I felt calm behind the glass, lulled by the awe of their presence. Suddenly one of the lions turned his majestic head and walked up to the house with the gait of one assured of his strength and mission. He slinked through a door I hadn’t noticed was standing ajar and walked straight up to me. He leapt onto the couch beside me, his weight slanting me towards him, and laid his head in my lap. This is the scene that has visited me …