Monday, 12 August 2013

The Glass Case

 Baffled they have called in
the experts who all agree
this extraordinary case
could not have been foreseen.
No one could have predicted
aggressive behaviour
from apex predator
Python sebae sebae
housed a decade or more
in a corset of glass.
Sassy to be sure
taking down
an antelope or a croc
but this totally aberrant
turn of events
simply is a freak accident.
For what scrying stone
could have shown
their bewildered breaths
mingling eye to eye
their two small hearts
fluttering bone to bone.

©Clare McCotter

Clare McCotter’s haiku, tanka and haibun have been published in many parts of the world. She won the IHS Dóchas Ireland Haiku Award 2010 and 2011. In 2013 she won The British Tanka Award. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on Beatrice Grimshaw’s travel writing and fiction. Her poetry has appeared in Abridged, Boyne Berries, Crannóg, Cyphers, Decanto, Iota, Irish Feminist Review, Revival, Reflexion, The Moth Magazine, The SHOp and The Stinging FlyBlack Horse Running, her first collection of haiku, tanka and haibun, was published in 2012. Home is Kilrea, County Derry.