only his head
is big enough
to fit inside
–you have a problem, wolf says
he takes a long drag
the cigarette coal glows and dies
like a highway patrol car’s lights
–you think time only moves
in one direction
–you’re hung up on a metaphor
time is a river, you think
once you pass over a spot
it’s gone forever
i push my back against
the dry cave wall
wolf followed me here through the rain
worst storm in fifty years
now his coat is ragged and sopping
while i have a small fire
a bundle of sticks
i beat him to the cave
by all rights
i get dibs on shelter
he gets the storm
–it’s all good
he spits the butt into my tiny flames
–i’ll be back ten minutes ago
30 thoughts on “without mediation, wolf takes matters into his own hands–20191201”
Amen. I like the spare tooth of portent. Wolf is worth hearing out. Time is just the hypnosis of flames flickering on the wall.
I love the conversational tone of this, and the imagery–and of course, the view of time.
I feel like these two are in a scene from a Beckett play–but maybe that’s life. 😉
Thanks for participating!
I kind of get that Beckett feel from being alive, too. 😀
Thanks for the new year prompt!
You’re welcome. 🙂
Nice lines: “he gets the storm
–it’s all good”
Just love the bold entrance of the wolf’s head into the cave, capturing my attention from the very start, the imaginative story and the perspective of time, creating other possible scenarios.
Thank you so much! Glad you could drop by!
Thanks so much! Wolf is a real character. I’ve written about him before. I’m still not sure what it is he needs to teach me.
The back and forth of time in this poem is what I like the most…. it makes it even more surreal than a talking wolf…
I admire the character of the Wolf and the conversation with him. An imaginative write, thank you.
Happy new year!!!!
Thank you! Happy New Year!
This was clever Crow, very enjoyable to read. Liked it!
Last line is best… Douglas Adams, Larry Niven… The Brothers Grimm… Oscar Wilde. Crow!
Long time no see! 🙂
Thank you. Nice to have you here.
Yeah. I’ve been in and out of the blog for a while. I’m hoping 2019 will be more productive for me. 😀
Best of luck!
either coming or going, your poem has a mystical quality that is so enchanting
Thank you very much. 😀
I love the story in this. So visual and yet a bit blurred… which I think fits perfectly with the story you’re telling. The image of the cigarette glowing like patrol car lights is especially fantastic.
Thanks so much! It’s good to see you. How’s your new year?
sunny today…full of resolutions 🙂 and hopefully more writing
I feel the same way
Watch out Crow, Wolf might like you, but perhaps in a culinary way. I really enjoyed this!
Thank you very much! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Yea it was great crow…no snow radio
Thank you, sir. How were your holidays?
Holidays were good I took my son to new Orleans to meet his pen pal
That’s great! We spent our time around home. No new adventures. But we got a new puppy at the beginning of December, so we’ve had our hands full.
W0W that’s great I love my dog she gets treated better than I do
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