You tell me you have seen my tiger
Watching you from my thorny woods of thought.
It growled white fear and amber danger.
But – splashed by tears which I dismissed as rain -
It ran, sensing it had been discovered.
Last night you told me you heard it purring –
Or was it a slow breathing in our blood,
Camouflage we had become? This morning
You say it patted you with playful paws
Then crept away, its tail curled low
Trailing like the mark of a question
We never had got round to asking.
Stuart Larner is a chartered clinical psychologist. As Mental Health Expert he ran an advice column for XL FOR MEN MAGAZINE. Stuart has published international articles and poems in magazines and newspapers including NURSING TIMES, as well as in scientific journals. He has been active in literary circles in both West and North Yorkshire, and has been involved in scriptwriting and directing productions at the EDINBURGH FRINGE. He has published SCARBOROUGH MODERN SEA SONGS, and an ebook in verse: JACK DAW AND THE CAT. He is currently working on a non-fiction sports psychology book and a novel about cricket.