I have adopted a Shameless Lion from Shameless Words. Go to this Shameless Lions site and you too can adopt a magnificent Lion from Lyon, France, and as well, read what others have written about their lion.
Below is the image of the lion I have adopted. I have called him Kauri, and have written a poem especially for him.
Please Note: This is a writing circle that Shameless has created from his blog. Earlier (before edits) I may have given the false impression that it is my own writing circle ... uh-uh. I am not that imaginative.
I have named the lion I adopted Kauri because his colour reminds me somewhat of the polished wood of the giant kauri tree of Aotearoa. (Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand.) I decided to develop this idea and imagined a lion such as Kauri prowling about in New Zealand's native forest (which is a rather incongruous thought.)
Traces of pounamu green
stain your legs. Lion, you are here
among the rimu and totara.
Greedy for the insects your paws disturb,
piwakawaka flit and cheep
above your burnished back
as long as a valley.
From the darkened depths
of forest fern and moss,
you lift your heavy head to gather
what grassland-sun can be found
up where trees lift branches
to granite mountains
and sapphire sky.
A silver waterfall crashes,
a river growls. You shake
your mane, the colour of polished wood.
As you merge into the land
it is as if you never were.
In the wind
we hear the kauri roar.
pounamu - A green river stone, or jade - also called Greenstone - which is sacred to the Maori and used in their jewellery and for tools such as adzes. It is regarded as a protected national treasure and is not permitted to be taken without permission from Kai Tahu - the South Island Maori tribe.
rimu and kahikatea are native New Zealand trees
piwakawaka is the Maori name for the small bird known in English as 'fantail'.