The Leopard's Den
Author: Capricorn


I served the last supper
before their demise
-- a meagre meal
ate like a banquet.

They feasted on flakes
of fish food and bran
with sliced orange
to quench thirst
and gorged non-stop
until bursting with
nutritional abundance.

Next day
they were cast
into the leopard’s den.

In this twice weekly
execution, thriving crickets
are thrown into an arena
of ravenous leopard geckos.

The reptiles creep
on careful feet,
chill until the acheta
relax in a recess.

With widened eyes
lizards focus on food,
tails trembling
with excitement,
and pounce…
on the unsuspecting supper.

Their large smiling mouths
devour the insects
-- legs wriggling,
wholesome guts oozing.

Victims disappear
-- swallowed alive!

------- Author's Notes -------

I have leopard geckos as pets -- they have to be fed!


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