In Kenya, the Masai still hunt the lions,
predators which take their domestic beasts
though it’s illegal now to hunt the Kenyan lions.
The men who hunt them are tracked and hunted.
The warriors walk a fine line: brotherhood, tradition,
or the new conservation. Their world is changing.
‘We don’t kill lions any more’ (title of training film).
There will be compensation for any stock lost.
Can Masai still be men with no lion hunts? Lions
are successful hunters, perfecting their killing techniques.
The Masai have had their own conservation: unlucky
for one warrior to kill more than nine lions.
A hunter called Sunepai has already killed twelve,
expects to die early, and goes on; knows no other way.
It’s about food, which is to say — life
for lions and also the Masai. Can’t be solved easy.
(based on a National GeographicTV program)
30 Poems in 30 Days: 27, food