The Mighty Tiger

Tigers teach us to trust our instincts and act swiftly when needed. They show us the value of focus, patience and the element of surprise. This month’s poem is in honor of these beautiful creatures. Let me know what you think. Tigers are estimated to have walked the earth for nearly 2 million years, yet 96% of their numbers have disappeared in the last century. There is only an estimated 3,890 tigers in the wild; all of them could fit on one football field with room to spare. Tigers are integral to the health of the ecosystems in which they live. Help protect tigers by texting “tiger” to 707070 and making a $5 donation to World Wildlife Fund (Project C.A.T.).



The Mighty Tiger

By Kathleen Reeder



Elegant and powerful beast,

Supreme master of his domain,

Perfect embodiment of strength,

In tune with rhythm and motion.


Slinking through the jungle night air,

With lithe grace and vitality,

Camouflaged and slicing darkness,

Lurking in silence with patience.


Fighting spirit, cunning hunter,

Primal instinct as a stalker,

Bursts of intention and energy,

With no hesitation to pounce.


Keeping his eyes on his target,

Knowing when to stop, when to spring,

Waiting for the perfect moment,

To ambush unsuspecting prey.







12 thoughts on “The Mighty Tiger”

  1. Kathleen, your choice of words have the same thoughtful high quality as your images. Thank you for the inspiration to take better images and be a better person.

  2. Beautifully written and the description of the tiger fits perfectly with the poem.

  3. Kathleen,
    Excellent word choices. Your writing suggests economy–less is more–expression, which gives rhythm, and sometimes a gentle slap in the face to pay close attention to your message(s). Thanks for sharing this with me!

    John Hemphill

  4. Beautiful photos and sentiments. Thanks for sharing the information and the organization for helping them. I did not realize things were so dire for such magnificent creatures. It would be such a shame if future generations could not see their beauty.

  5. Kathleen,
    Stunningly beautiful photographs of a magnificent cat. Your poem captures the tiger’s wild nature perfectly. It’s a shame there are so few left in the world. We humans must protect them. Thanks for the information on how to help.

  6. Kathleen, I want to encourage you to keep up the poetry as it is a different but wonderful form of creativity that will help you when you are doing photography! Frame the image as a poem. They are both about Beauty and light (light being awareness} Beauty,emotion, connection that is what any pursuit,of creativeness is all about and the more you do the better you get!my best to you, Nick

  7. Your poem is as beautiful as the tiger! Thank you for sharing this side of you!

  8. Nicely done, Kathleen! You have captured the true spirit of this beautiful creature, with your eloquent words and with your camera!