Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Crouching Leopard Concealed Carry

The bar for badassery
has been set

by 57-year-old Indian woman
Kalama Devi

widow and mother of one

who was cutting grass
with a sickle

then began walking
through a field
in the village
of Koti Badma

in the town 
of Rudraprayag

when a leopard
suddenly pounced on her.

Armed only with the farm tool
she fought the animal

for about half an hour
until it gave up.

Meanwhile an indicted Rick Perry
his concealed-carry gun rights
now restricted for two years

imagines the time in 2010
he shot a coyote
with a pistol

and privately
hangs his head in shame.

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.