THE WOLF


24. Dec. 2017 


Ordinary people shut their windows
And, even when there is a breeze, rely on air conditioning.
Screened in porches are left vacant.
Johnson has let loose his wolf again.
When it was fresh from the northwest
Children would hold it to their necks,
Passing child to animal, animal to child,
The speed of the blood.  Now, almost
One hundred pounds, Johnson lets it out at night.
His garden is still eaten by rabbits
But boys dare each other in groups of three
To wait at the edge of the marsh
Where last week footprints of some kind were found.
Grown men talk of seeing it in their yards,
Of not being able to get off a clear shot.
In daylight Johnson brings his beast
To Henson’s store, where it sprawls flat on the porch,
With Henson scratching it behind the ear
And ladies in house cleaning clothes
Dodging its happy but lethargic tail.
In the dark it has no collar.  It loves
The corners of houses, the backs
Of metal sheds bought prefab from Sears.
One man saw it by midnight eating a cat.
Wolves do their damage in packs, do not
Have members named Charlie.  But McClellan
Has seen something huge and amber pass by
His locked downstairs windows, and from
The second story, his head halfway out into the night,
Has called to it, lonely and rising at the end,
And thought something prowling near
Was moved to think about him.


"THE WOLF"  from Victims of a Failed Civics -- Speculative social/psychological poetry, Copyright 2016, Ken Poyner, Barking Moose Press, LLC, 2016:  www.barkingmoosepress.com, ISBN:  978-0692775219
"THE WOLF"  from Victims of a Failed Civics by Ken Poyner




A drunken town holds out against a siege of temperance leaguers.  A woman soaring in flight is brought down by a boy with a rock.  A man catches his four dogs singing.  A town tires of its originally distinctive constantly burning man.  A family’s maturing daughter turns into a mule.

"THE WOLF"  from Victims of a Failed Civics -- Speculative social/psychological poetry, Copyright 2016, Ken Poyner, Barking Moose Press, LLC, 2016:  www.barkingmoosepress.com, ISBN:  978-0692775219

Sometimes a person understands his or her worth as the glow emanating from someone or something else.  At the same time, an event or entity may be one thing to one set of observers, something different for another, and actually neither.  Tribes are formed around the misapprehension of shared events.

Poetry by Ken Poyner, title: THE WOLF, Original Date: 20160101 – © Ken Poyner 2016 – 2018 – Published Here 20171224.

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