Friday, November 25, 2016

November Poetry Challenge - The Winning "What If" Poem

Lion Defending its Prey by Sir Edwin Landseer (c. 1840)
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to Michael Escoubas, who submitted an unusual poem to the November Poetry Challenge. He took  the “what if” prompt in a very different way than did others who submitted their work.

Bloody Paws
The young lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.
~ Psalm 104.21 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

I’m struck by the young lions
who seek their food from God.
Has God wired creatures to know
or seek Him? I think of wisdom
that resides in God exceeding
anything imaginable.

What if God took me by the hand
and opened such secrets? What if
I were given a glimpse of God
at work on the lion’s instincts
of stealth and smell and sounds
as he jumps his prey without
so much as a what if of doubt
or after-thought of despair.

The young lion lives his life, seeks
his prey, stands with bloody paws
on the gazelle’s still warm carcass,
then roars his prayer of thanks.
What if I could go through life
without forethought of grief or regret?

~ Michael Escoubas

Bio: Michael Escoubas began writing poetry for publication in August of 2013, after retiring from a 48-year-career in the printing industry. Early in life his mother said, “You have a gift for words; you should do something with that gift.” He writes poetry, in part, because of his mother’s encouragement. Michael also writes poetry because he believes poetry brings people together and that poets are menders of broken things. Michael has published one chapbook, Light Comes Softly, which is available by contacting the author.