July 29

Global Tiger Day

 

Recall the opening lines of “The Tyger,” from William Blake’s Songs of Experience:  “Tyger Tyger, burning bright / In the forests of the night.”

Consider the image conveyed by the word “burning.”   It’s not a tame or sleeping animal, but an active predator.  The orange stripes on the body ripple like flames because the tiger is moving.

Now stare at the fires of apocalypse as they approach your city.  Squint into the flames until you see the tiger there.

In motion.  Leaping towards you.