if he hollers, make him pay

i know a boy
who’s caught a tiger by the toe
while the tiger
has the boy on a leash

it’s not a tame tiger
the boy is not safe
it’s got razor-sharp claws
it has dangerous teeth

this tiger can drag him around by his neck
one swipe can kill him if she’s suddenly bored
a tiger’s paw is not a safe place to stay
and sooner or later, he’s going to be gored

the boy will survive
the tiger’s swipe will not be lethal
but doubtless his heart will be scarred

the tiger is really the one i am concerned for
i’m afraid that her heart will grow hard

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