The Tiger Striped, The Lion Royal

by Duncan Jones

The tiger and the king stood where
Each eye to eye upon a drink
Both dared to stare while standing there
Not knowing what to think

Down looked the royaled and rather spoiled
Dreary lion quite uncheery
Who’d never toiled his paws unsoiled
Yet his look about him weary

“You other cats all lurk as rats
Wearing coats so marked to hide
Your ears lie flat that’s why perhaps
Far and wide I walk with pride

Come walk with me come learn and see
Make haste for I have rounds
And nothing’s free, places to be
To check upon my grounds

Where I may stand is all my land
Subjects must pay respect
And so I go make sure they know
Now come lest they forget!”

So two they walked and lion talked
Stripes took a break to rest
“No no can’t stop, not while on top
You must surely lie in jest!”

“Let’s have a bite, come some respite!”
Said tiger eyeing herds of meat
“No king shall run under the sun
For my queens hunt what I eat

I am trying to bestow on you
Such wisdom bringing powers!”
The lion huffed now sounding rough
As the tiger smelled some flowers

“Enough! Enough!” the king now puffed
And his voice began to rumble
“I rule the grass but come learn fast
And you too may rule, the jungle

So learn my ways and gain much praise
Try for a greater cause!
Or for all days you will always
Obey the jungle’s laws!”

“Forgive me king but know I’ll sing
And speak high when asked of you
I’ve been wondering to know something
Of your world and now I do

My face is scarred and yours unmarred
For I’ve taken hoof and horn
But I enjoy the breeze, my mind at ease
As the day that I was born

You seldom dine, you spend your time
Belong to what you claim to own
A life so fine, said, “Near divine!”
But that’s not what is shown

These teeth and feet kill what I eat
So in shadows I must lurk
And base it seems I keep no queens
To do my dangerous work

Yes you’ve quite a lot but I think not
I shall gladly fare without it
As for everything else,” tiger yelled as he ran
“I shall have to hear about it!”