Venison is delectable
Deerskin is precious
Charming is her frightened look
Even at moments of grazing
Hungry Tiger is her only fear
The hunter’s arrow tears into the flesh,
Making her scalp horripilate
She falls in the hands of the guard,
Tries in vain to tell him
Tales of her suffering
That life is over in which
She walked nonchalantly,
Munching jungle grass
Drinking from vernal pools
Breathing forest air.
Her glowing skin, innocent eyes,
Delicate saunter are her nemeses.
She is no longer
An ineluctable part of the forest.
Meat pleasure has triumphed over
The laws of nature.
Jegadeesh Kumar is a student of eastern philosophy, Mathematics teacher, writer, and translator, raised in Southern India, now living in South Carolina, USA. He lived on the southernmost island of the Republic of Maldives for ten years, teaching Mathematics to high school children. On his blog, he writes, both in English and Tamil, short stories, poems, and on eastern philosophy. He is currently working on a dystopian novel set in an imaginary Vedic land. His stories have appeared on Prometheus Dreaming and Indian Periodical. One of his short stories will be published in the Academy of the heart and mind.