In the Year of the Dragon
The Lion fell:
Exhausted, confused,
Lost in the thickening mist of age and pain,
His brittle claws still deep in the flesh of his prey,
His iron, toothless jaw still clamped on Life’s throat.

On the threshold of a new millennium
His laugh echoing faintly into oblivion,
His last breath mingling with the air:
Honor forgotten, not faded.
Duty forgotten, not forsaken.
Family forgotten, still family.

Embarking on the 86th year of his living
He stopped:
The earth cradled the lion cub in her arms,
Silencing his roar, hushing his pain,
Rocking him gently into a new world of duty,
A new journey of wonder.

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Editor’s Note: The featured image “Dragon Striking Down Lion” by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519).

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