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Anne Brooke
Anne Brooke's fiction has been shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Novel Award, the Royal Literary Fund Awards and the Asham Award for Women Writers. She
has also twice been the winner of the DSJT Charitable Trust Open Poetry Competition. Her latest poetry collection is "A Stranger's Table", and her latest
novel is "Maloney's Law". Both are available from Amazon. Her work is represented by agent, John Jarrold, and she has a secret passion for birdwatching.
More information can be found at and she keeps a terrifyingly honest journal at
Kitchen lion

There's a lion in my kitchen;
he's ransacking the fridge,
long, yellow tongue smoothing down
butter, lapping milk,
whiskers glistening
in the soft, encapsulating glow.

He snuffles warmly
as he catches the scent of coffee granules
and sucks in apricot jam, honey,
golden kiwi fruit, toffee yoghurt, orangeade,
sherry, beer,
tail flickering menace at the narrow plastic light
as he finishes up the half bottle
of Dom Perignon
I was saving for a special occasion

Every morning now,
I tiptoe round his traces,
docile, lamb-like,
almost afraid
and later, in the dark, lie couched and waiting
in the deep green bed,
enraptured by possibility
and his magical, mystical presence.

There's a lion in my kitchen tonight --
perhaps every woman has one.

It's easier to write
in bookshops;

words hum
on shelves,

drawing out
my heart's strange ink.
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