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The Lion and the Caretaker

I was recently asked to write a guest post for the Majesty’s Men blog site; a place for the sharpening and the building up of men as they live out their faith in Christ and live within the context of our culture.

 

They quote Proverbs 20:5:

 

The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.


Just once in a while, they ask female writers to come along and give their perspective. I was honored to write the following poem with commentary, as well as design the lion face (vector artwork) that they are selling on t-shirts in their shop!

 

See the full post on the Majesty’s Men website to read the additional commentary on the poem, as I reflect on the similarities of the young lion to husbands and the caretaker to wives. Here is the original poem:

 

 

The Lion and the Caretaker

He is not gentle all of the time.

You catch that in the tightening of his jaw,

the wildness in his eyes.

I did not catch him,

he chooses to stay.

And that is silently honoring to me.

He requires space;

I cannot clamor on him every minute.

I smell outdoors on him as I welcome him in.

Where he goes and what he does while he is gone,

I do not know.

I try not to badger, because badgers get snapped up.

He feeds on respect,

a fruit I am just starting to find

a garnish to what he provides, that I prepare.

He beckons me towards adventure,

quickened breath, muscles used.

He calls me to come with him,

and aids me in the climb.

Leaves brush by my smiling cheeks.

His heavy arm rests on me at night.

 

There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

Psalm 34:9-10 (NKJV)

 

See the full post on the Majesty’s Men website to read the additional commentary on the poem.  Don’t forget to visit their site and join their growing community of Christian men and brothers in  Christ: TheMajestysMen.com Even us women-folk can learn a bit or two from their other articles.