Performed by Allison Kampf
LEOPARD CUB LOVE
by Franco D’Alessandro
I’ve loved you like a leopard cub from the day
You stalked into my classroom -flip-flopping
Around the circle of desks- staring at me,
Wondering aloud: “who the hell is this guy?”
You were a problem child I wanted to solve;
So I picked you up and carried you in my gritted teeth,
Slapped you around with a tender paw until you fell into line.
You were just like a lost leopard cub, separated from family,
The one that had a twin but needed to be on his own.
We’re leopards, you and me -social, secretive, and solitary.
But when I spotted you alone,
Laid out -paralyzed- on the ground,
I lept down from my classroom tree
And roared onto the field, to protect you, my cub,
Who, somehow, unreasonably, seemed a part of me.
You crashed like a meteor…
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