Real Lions

I want to live
and work
like a poet

I don’t want to
crank it out
or crush it

I want to see
and breathe
and feel

I want my attention to be my own
and to know that there is space all around me

but more than this

I want to save my adrenaline
for real lions.


  1. Lisa,

    You are wonderful.

    Well, we knew that anyway, but I wanted to say: I love this poem.

    Absolutely gorgeous.



  2. Echoing the “love this poem” that have been expressed already.
    Most (if not all) of what I fear has very little to do with real lions, and I have a feeling that your poem may be the thing that will get me to remember it for real. Thank you, Lisa.

  3. Yes!

    Just say ‘NO’ to crush it.

    A group of young, male, entrepreneurial types I know were using #crushit on twitter to talk about their progress and to encourage each other etc.

    I proposed #sprinkleit as my preferred alternative :)

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