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. organicsyes

    Yes…powerful. Live it your way…save your energy for the “real lions”

    Thanks for the reminder…

  2. Lucy V


    You are wonderful.

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

    Absolutely gorgeous.



  3. Kelly Parkinson

    Do poets like positive feedback? Because it’s very hard for me to restrain myself from gushing about how much I LOVE THIS POEM!!!! Encore, encore!!!!

  4. Liz

    yes indeed… saving my adrenaline for the real lions. what a thought.

  5. Megan

    My new Favorite Poem. I want to get this tattooed on me. For now I will just post it on the wall.

  6. Josiane

    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.

  7. Rebecca Leigh


    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 :)

  8. Pauline Esson

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh HOW much do I love this!
    Let me call on a poet to count the ways.


    Invisible marker pen to erase all crush it references from my world.

  9. Tessa

    Thrilled from head-to-toe to find this one lingering on your front page/archives! Much love and Roar to you, Lisa.

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