Bison, digital art by R. P. - Gopakumar, Bahrain-India/Poem by Meera Nair, Kerala, India


The first time I saw him
He had come to quench his thirst
At a water hole
He drank like a thief
Sly, greedy
And in haste 
I traced the contours of his hoof prints 
I breathed the air that his flapping tail stirred up 
I stalked his prey
Then I fed on him from near
I touched his sleek hide 
And dangled from the horns on his head
Have you ever seen a wild bison
That you have wanted 
To tame
To own
To possess 

Meera Nair, Kerala, India