Marry your lover too soon after your husband has passed away
And you could die of tiger fright. They have these unfathomable eyes.
Their lean stripes, imagine them. How they slide between
Poles. Shaman-masked, marked with ancient writing.
Make offering unto the tiger, before you mount your motor-bike,
For in myth he would offer his back only to Bonbibi,
The Lady of the Forests, or to Durga as her vahan. Durga
The Invincible. Markings may remind you of a lightning strike.
And this champion of the unassailable force of the forest
Chained for the tourists to stroke nevertheless retains that spirit
That awes us so that we see on his forehead the sign of a king.
In his stripes I recognise the potent strength of Julian.
To chain the truth empowers the truth. Let no pathetic
Image of his meagre environment alter the vigour
Of his inspiration. Julian is the tiger. For when you ensure
The seepage of what must be told, your leak becomes a roar.
Dilys Bidewell commented, ‘Don’t like to see a tiger chained OR the prospect of Assange in a US prison. Must have known he’d be permanently in the sights of the US military, when he shone a light on their dark side.’
See also https://anthonyhowelljournal.com/2022/10/09/romance-at-the-demo/