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Little Lion


By Paul StewartPublished 2 months ago 1 min read

Author Note: Sorry.



Little lion

Little lingering lion

Little lingering lion lingering less

Little lingering lion lingering less, lying lazily

Little lingering lion lingering less, lying lazily less

Little lingering lion lingering less, lying lazily less, lying limp

Little lingering lion lingering less, lying lazily less, lying limp, lifeless







Sorry. I was thinking of the process of hand-rearing lion cubs and then using them in canned hunting, which is a practice that is still legal in some places.

It is essentially an unfair hunt. Where the lions are not given a fighting chance, not that that would make it any better. They are often put in a fenced ranch or similar space where there is nowhere for them to escape, and it means the hunter can get an easy kill.

More information about it can be found here:



After all that sadness...how about some dark poems?

And a lighter, linguistic experiment:

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Paul Stewart

Poet and writer from Glasgow.

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  • Dean F. Hardyabout a month ago

    You were very busy with the Tautograms, Paul. Only catching up on some of them now. This was mentioned in the Raise Your Voice Thread.

  • Gina C.2 months ago

    Oh man, I was rooting for the little lion. 🥺 An emotional piece, my friend!

  • This is definitely a poetic and creative way to highlight the inhumane practices that some people call sport or fun. Your poem builds (shape-wise) on the progression and demise of the lion's life.

  • Ashley Lima2 months ago

    Ouch </3 Great work.

  • Sonia Heidi Unruh2 months ago

    So good!! The format reminded me of a fun children's book I used to read my kids, Big Brown Bear (also a tautogram). So it was doubly whammy when the poem took a sad turn.

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  • Morgana Miller2 months ago

    Oh man, the way this builds, the tacking on, word-by-word, the use of “less…” really, really good.

  • 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 Thank you for the author's note at the beginning 🥺🥺🥺

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Fun!!! Well done!!!💖💖💕

  • Heather Hubler2 months ago

    Oh no...this is so tragic and senseless. The way you revealed it was really well done, but heartbreaking once the message clicked. Great writing!

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  • Donna Renee2 months ago

    Such a horrible practice!! 😩. This really highlights it well.

  • Holly Pheni2 months ago

    Scott, the heartbreaking reality of this post really struck me. You told the story well, thanks for sharing.

  • Good job

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Heartbreak and infuriating but very well written.

  • Leslie Writes2 months ago

    I had never heard of this practice before. That's horrible! Your poem grabbed my attention, drew me in out of curiosity, then delivered such a shock! Extremely effective! Lets save those lions!

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