Winter Wolf

    What is more elegant than the wind?

    Heavy flesh forms a void in invisible currents
    as howling jaws weave through the leaves,
    a jostling dance, the sinew of autumn that rends
    at last the garment of summer, a herald of winter.

    I stare through this wind, beyond this snow
    silent, aloof, with my patient eyes
    for that ordered movement–mouse, rabbit, doe
    in this lean cold that feeds and cries
    in my velvet ears a desolation . . .   

    My predatory dignity, no passive restraint,
    nor refined repose, but hungry expectation
    skirts a gaze across this white wild blanket
    for food, for love: My defiance of abandon
    is my stillness against the swirling maelstrom.

    The winter wolf, I howl not against the storm:

    feral vanity wrapped in vocal futility.
    No, my paws’ movements echo forlorn,
    slapping against this crunching cold: a solidity
    that whispers beneath this open tempest,

                               softly my freedom.


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