The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard

Mountain ghost of Earth and sky
solitary, as a cloud, stealthy 
in graceful muscled flow,
each icy paw perfectly placed,
silent as falling snow.

Stalking the high realms of ochre and blue,
wandering warrior of the hills, content in solitude.
Elusive, lightning quick on the hunt,
light green eye of dawn,
grey eyes of dusk.

There is fear for devils in the wind,
raw and cold in the outcrops and ravines,
for this supernatural being
of bristling black rosettes,
of Panther´s claw and swift, silent death.

In the eye a heart in rage
at a lonely abode, desolate,
inhabited by shadows, frozen over,
old as the moon stones.

Where ravens shriek omens from up high
amongst jagged tooth peaks that devour the sky,
and a heart of flint and savage eye,
that roves the mountain range,
without mercy, leopard of the snow,
fiercely rampant, wild and untamed.
                      

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Tony Owen

Thank you Marion, I really appreciate your comment.

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Tony.   Welcome to Cosmo.  I love animals and nature.  You did an excellent job of showing in descriptive words the beauty and stealth of the elusive snow leopard....I like poems that create imagery and feeling...and I got that in your write.  Thank you for sharing. ;) 

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Tony Owen

Hi Cherie. Thank you for your very kind and inspirational comment about my poem. I am thrilled that you took the time to read it and got something from it. Absolutely delighted! Thank you so much! ;)
 

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lodigiana

Wonderfully descriptive words that immediately transport the reader to an environment  where Nature is king. Love the phrasing and metre you have applied to this..it works perfectly in sync with the subject matter. A real joy to read! Lodigiana x

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Tony Owen

Hi Lodigiana. Thank you for your glowing appraisal of my poem, which is a joy to read and highly motivating. It really means a lot that you have made such a wonderful comment. Thank you so much!

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charlotte

Lovely imagery , really great . I loved reading this )) 

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Tracey Goundrill

Brilliant!! 👏👏 an absolute joy to read. Congratulations on your nomination. Much deserved 👏👏

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Tony Owen

Hi Tracey. Thank you for your wonderful words, your writing and the comments you have kindly posted. Thank you for your congratulations on the nomination, although I am not sure how I have become nominated. I really appreciate your valued encouragement and support. It really means a lot. Thank you!!!

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Lyndy Bo-Lyn

Great descriptive poem of one of the most beautiful big cats on this earth. Your words are well chosen and the flow of the poem is well received. The world is in a crisis concerning the way forward for wildlife, with the risk of losing some species.This poem brings the subject to the forefront.

Lyn

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Tony Owen

Hi Lyndy. Thank you for your much appreciated comment. Yes the world really is in a crisis concerning the way forward for wildlife. I tried to highlight this in the poem so I am glad that you perceived the poem in this way. Thank you for readind it.

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ROWLAND PAUL HILL

A great poem, Tony. The photo graph is a favourite of mine. I recall seeing a documentary about the snow leopard several years ago. Your poem so comprehensively reflects life through its eyes. 

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Tony Owen

Hi Rowland. Thank you for your very kind words, they really mean so much. I must look for and watch the documentary you mentioned. Thank you!

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Lyndy Bo-Lyn

Hi Tony

Thank you again for such a great account/poem of a very beautiful beast - your write is amazing! It also highlights the fact that, we must do everything we can to ensure that these beautiful creatures survive.

Lyn

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Tony Owen

Hi Katina. Thank you for your very kind words. I spend a lot of time in the mountains and used the imagery that I experience and hopefully the poem promotes an awareness of the plight of these beautiful creatures. Thank you!

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Katina Woodruff...

I was so moved by the descriptions in the poem, I left out of my review my favorite part. 

Favorite Part: 

In the eye a heart in rage
at a lonely abode, desolate,
inhabited by shadows, frozen over,
old as the moon stones.

I've never heard the expression, "moon stones" before. This is an excellent phrase which adds something unique to the poem. I'm glad I returned to read your comment. 
 

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