A Beautiful Kill ~ John C. Mannone

          The wildebeest— with formidable horns curved and hooked to gore, musculature evident in Serengeti sun, hooves heavy as iron, agile as a gazelle’s           —prepare to cross the Mara River.                     Nile crocodiles lie in wait,           their backs rippled like quiet water.           Black eyes, like hungry bugs           hatching from shadows of waves,                     survey the herd at water’s [...]