Wednesday, 23 August 2017

“what wolf cubs need” by Casey June Wolf (poem)

what wolf cubs need

brown and curled and wet with mother's dew
each cub slides into this world
cleaned   tongued   nuzzled
until the mewling starts
until the new wolf waves her helpless nailed paws
into the air
against her mother's cheek
until the sealed eyes and questing mouth
find their way to her white-filled source

every cub needs her mother
her brothers and sisters, too
to lean against in slumber
tumble over
tweak in play
to run with
growing smart   gleeful   strong
each cub needs her father
warm against the night
gambolling when mother's gone to hunt
stretched out calm and watchful
running quick and eager
barking against those who'd pull her down

those cubs who have them are the lucky ones
cubs with "aunts" and "uncles"
who wrestle long with them
who sleep with   eat with
bring treats to them
you are my uncle wolf
caring when you need not care
bringing me the long red leg of a fallen deer
to chew   and fight   and chew
you are my brother wolf
wrestling   playing
barely conscious of the cougar on the hill
you are my comrade wolf
and i walk with you contented
safe as i can be
on this long expanse
of snow

Copyright: Casey June Wolf. 3 June 1993.
Image: Timber Wolf Cub - Colchester Zoo, Colchester, Essex, England - Saturday July 21st 2008. By Keven LawThis file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Genericlicense.


Pat said...

Beautiful Casey.....xxooo

Casey Wolf said...

Thank you, Pat! A mama, baby, sister, auntie wolf if ever there was one.