mothers sacrifice
a bedrock human virtue
its absence brings shame

for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads and Pic and a Word Challenge


sick wolf dies alone
its last thoughts unshared by mate
nurse wakes me for pills

for Sunday Writing Prompt


Hope’s life didn’t match her name.

for Saturday Six-Word Story Prompt


near Logroño stands
a white stork watching us pray
eight hundred years pass

for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


try to put it off
but for some things nature won’t
let you borrow time

for Fandango’s One-word Challenge


we’re being tested
by indifferent forces
for us it’s life or death

for The Daily Spur


leaves complicated markers
nature can erase

for Ragtag Daily Prompt


human odyssey
increasingly dangerous
with no end in sight

for Word of the Day Challenge


word to best describe our world’s
environment in future
might well be “remnant”

for Your Daily Word Prompt

Lambs and Lions

Isaiah 11:6

Actually, Isaiah refers to a lion and a fatted calf, and a lamb and a wolf, but the idea is the same. The lamb and the lion will lie down together even if the Bible doesn’t explicitly say so.

If you are staging this in a play, feed the lion first. We are not yet quite in the Millennium.

But how close are we to the golden age to come? The lamb population is increasing, especially in New Zealand, but the lion population is decreasing, especially in Africa. This ratio change is also true in zoos. The rise of the petting zoo has increased the demand for lambs. You get a good lamb and it quickly grows up at the zoo and has to be shipped out to a sheep ranch.

Also, lions are still eating meat. Hopefully the current trend in pet-food vegetable protein can be applied to this problem. Good sign: folks in America are eating less lamb. Americans favor the cow (to the disapprobation of the Indian subcontinent) and pig (ditto Israel).

Finally, the lion and lamb may have to lay together rather than lie together. Over the past decade or two, “lay” has continued to replace “lie” in the vernacular.

For the Sunday Muse