Poems of the Week

A Lion’s Curious Cuisine

by Helen Ksypka

“Lion escapes from [Italian] circus and roams the streets leaving locals terrified…”
Metro News

Escaping from the circus roamed a lion, close to Rome,
deciding Ladispoli was the town that he’d call home.
He strutted while he salivated. Flocks of people fled.
“Lock your doors and windows. Mamma mia, we’ll be dead!”

The citizens misunderstood the presence of this beast
by thinking he was hunting them as targets for his feast.
The lion had no hunger for the folks in Ladispoli.
His roar was for risotto with a side of ravioli.