The Black Panther

The Black Panther

John Hall Wheelock has written a rather dark poem about "things that go bump in Panther the night" which keep us awake and about those tormenting thoughts which sometimes escape their cage.

"There is a panther caged within my breast, But what his name, there is no breast shall know save mine, nor what it is that drives him so,

Backward and forward, in relentless quest – that silent rage, baffled, but unsuppressed, The soft pad of those stealthy feet that go over my body’s prison to and fro, trying the walls forever, without rest.

All day I feed him with my living heart, But when the night puts forth her dreams and stars, the inexorable frenzy re-awakes; His wrath is hurled upon the trembling bars, The eternal passion stretches me apart, and I lie silent – but my body shakes."

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