Friday, April 07, 2006

Panther

Panther cried in the night
Screamed and squalled like
An old woman
Killed in her sleep.
Woke me hard and fast,
Tore me from dreams


Took me back to a cabin
In the Appalachian hills
Deep in a holler back home
To a night not so unlike
This fractured night.
A child woke from sleep
Heard a woman screamin'
Death and ruin.

Then was told
"Hush now, go back to bed.
Just an ol' mountain "pant'er"
Callin' in the night
Searchin' for a mate
Lookin' for home.

So, I lay in bed,
Say, "hush now, back to bed.
But my heart pulls me up.
Light in hand I open the door
Shine a beam on the hillside
'Cross the road and up
Till I see red dots glowin'
Eyes caught up in the light.

Pant'er sittin' on the hill
Callin' in the night
Searchin' for a mate
Lookin' for home.

And I am glad
To have seen it.
Glad it called to me
Told me
"Welcome home"
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