Poem: Animal Inside Me

Lazily you stretch yourself

your sinews strengthening mine

O Tigress, your power runs through my veins

and the gleam of your alert gaze

reflects in my eyes

You are the mother

serene and quiescent

at the sight of your blissful cubs

but fierce and ready to battle

if the danger strikes

Your resilient power

like a spring within me

uncoils to fight injustice

prejudice, and crime

Your presence grows stronger

With each passing day

Beautiful, wild, untamed

you reside in me

We abide in healthy bounds

aware of our limitations

merging beautifully

Me as you and you as me