Feaster of Roadkill…..

What do you call the beast?
That feasts on a roadkill.
A lion, a tiger or a hyena?
Gnawing the injured with skill.

Too weak to hunt a swift one,
Too meek to claim by daylight.
Always lurking in night’s shadow,
To pounce at the meat of chance.

Such valor, such wily art,
Startled is the half alive,
More than the headlight,
That jumped by road’s bend.

The thieving predator, was it a friend,
By day and was lost by night’s end.
Flattened by fate, taunted by mate,
The roadkill lies, wondering for a name.

Copyright. Shashikala Sasidharan.oct15, 2015


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About Shashikala Sasidharan Elambakkattu

Shashikala S. is Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Rutgers University, USA working on developmental genetic and cellbiology. She has a doctorate in Proteomics and Cell Biology (Bio-technology) from Rajiv Gandhi Centre of Biotechnology (DBT), INDIA. And is actively involved with academic research, but poetry and painting are her passion. She writes on the realms of cosmic spirituality,nature's mysticism and egalitarian philosophy. Her poems have been published Kannur University Magazine, Tellicherry, Kerala and in anthologies 'Resonance" by "Poets Artists Unplugged" and "Across The Way" and at https://www.facebook.com/shashikalapoemsandthoughts/

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