Writing the wolf

I’m writing again.

I’m writing a wolf.
I write that his coat gleams like ice,
that his eyes shine like sunlight on snow.

The wolf says “no”.

I write his hunger. I write his belly
clenching against his spine,
his teeth biting down on air.

No.

I write the scent of life
clinging to leaf and twig,
a red thread running
through a labyrinth.

No.

I write the paw prints
ink on paper
the trail cutting away
to the horizon

I am drawn to writing about wolves at the moment. I don’t know why. I’m just writing it out of my system. This is for the dVerse Meet the Bar night.

23 thoughts on “Writing the wolf

  1. I think it has something to do with October and the fact that there are two full moons this month. 🙂 Especially love; “I write the scent of life clinging to leaf and twig, a red thread running through a labyrinth.”

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  2. Intriguing poem, I could feel the wolf’s hunger and at the end I was wondering if he was coming for you with the pawprints ink on paper and a cut to the horizon! A lot of tension here and I’m thinking there is a battle ahead.

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  3. I love the relationship with the wolf in this poem, Sarah, especially as we haven’t had wolves in the UK for a long time, although I think they left their scent behind. I love that in the poem you are writing a wolf and the way ‘his coat gleams like ice’ and ‘his eyes shine like sunlight on snow’, taking us back to a previous time when winters were cold enough for wolves and humans were more aware of ‘the scent of life / clinging to leaf and twig’. Most humans seem to have lost those heightened senses in the modern world. I’m love the final stanza – I want to follow those paw prints.

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  4. I love the direct metaphor…”I’m writing a wolf”…so intriguing as is the rest of your poem and the way you have allowed them to guide you poetically. You may find it interesting to look up the Native American mythology of wolves. 🙂

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