American Dentist, Dr. Walter J. Palmer, Kills Cecil—Beloved Lion Lured Out of Its Sanctuary

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American Dentist, Dr. Walter J. Palmer, Kills Cecil—
Beloved Lion Lured Out of Its Sanctuary


Well, of course, he’s a godforsaken dentist—
after four broken

molars, four root
canals, two crowns, two pulled teeth,

I could have paid for Cecil’s death
myself. Maybe

I did somehow.
Maybe I turned my face just the right

way, held my mouth open or shut just
long enough,

for someone
to yank the black-maned beast out

of this world and drop him down,
like a bad

tooth, on a mound
of dirt, his head propped peaceful

as a sedated patient while the good
doctor smiles

and goes about
his work—another Heracles who skins

the Nemean Lion, wears the golden pelt
for a robe,

and walks his
proud walk back to Mycenae and the king.

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