Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2011

Tooth and Claw

by Ann Dubaic

Reek of corruption on the steaming track,
as the slug clasps the trod worm in a
heaving embrace;
wasp impregnates grub
with progeny to gorge on living flesh
from within,
and the thorn thrills
exquisitely
to the shrike’s orgiastic slaughter.
Usurping cuckoos
nestle,
nuzzle,
and send spinning into the void
a thousand unnecessary fledglings;
the polecat masters the frog,
securing prandial compliance with a
single
paralyzing
kiss;
yet kindly lions
prorogue the ecstasy of hot blood
till throttling jaws have clinched,
while rasping tongues
caress the waiting flanks.

Added: 24.01.2011

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