What Will You Do with This Tiger?

Vanessa Peterson



A landmine can eat you from the inside,

burning hot, hotter than blue.

Don’t touch. Step on it.


Should a landmine be caged like fire?

It’s a rabid wolf; perhaps, stomp on its tail.

Make it a surprise for your enemies.


Your inner landmine can devour you from the inside.

What will you do with this tiger?

It’s an atomic bomb, your landmine tiger.


Gift it for your enemies.

Let them burn blue. 



Vanessa Peterson lives in Northeastern, Pennsylvania. She is currently attending graduate school at Arcadia University and is a poetry editor for Marathon Literary Review. Her work has been previously published in Unlost Journal.