Genna's Poem

Gray wolf howling
Gray wolf howling | Source

For Genna


In the grey light of dawn they drift

Ghost like. As you focus on the sound of the howl,

They emerge, and converge, closing in.

Your final prayer goes unheard, as a snarl

Rises up from the throat, and you face it head bowed.

Then stillness.

In a moment of grace they retreat.

Snow drifts where you walk.

Gently you fall.

© 2015 snakeslane

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mckbirdbks 14 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello young lady. This is such a fine piece of writing. It has character and depth of thought.

Many do not wish to fall gently. What a graceful thought.

Bravo.


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drbj 14 months ago from south Florida

Wow, snakeslane, you write 'creepy' very well. Excellent response, m'dear.


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Hi Mike, thank you :) I often wonder (lately) if Dylan Thomas got it wrong. Should we rage at the dying of the light? Or should we be accepting? I read somewhere that mountaineers suffering from severe hypothermia will actually feel warm and comfortable as they lay dying. Your poem on this theme is so You. It reads like a ballad. Not bad for a couple of minutes write! Truly amazing.


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Thank you m'dear drbj, It is lovely to have permission to write 'creepy' :)


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Billie Kelpin 14 months ago from Newport Beach

For better or worse, I'm a-ragin' (sometimes in silence) against the dying light and trying not to rile up the wolves. I don't find this creepy at all because I read it as the bowed head causing the retreat even amid the snarling. The unheard prayer part doesn't bother me in my interpretation because I don't believe prayer helps anything, so it's just natural to have prayer fail and you're left to your own devices - in this case - a bowed head. The falling is not a problem for me either. It's the release of the stress of being still and hopeful. (But then again, my father always told me I live in a dream world).


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Hey Billie, I love your thoughtful response to this piece, thank you so much!


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whonunuwho 14 months ago from United States

I liked your message and the chosen words to create its mood. Well done my friend. whonu


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

whonu, Thank you for encouragement, I'm loving the attention :)


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Genna East 14 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Ohhhh...this is beautiful writing! Thank you for enriching this challenge with your poem.


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Genna, You are too kind, thank you :) See what you started!


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mckbirdbks 14 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello snakeslane. I am just doubling back to say thank you. Very kind of you to say. Everyone's poetic contribution has such depth. I think that is why we have all gathered here.


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mckbirdbks 14 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello again snakeslane. I though some of your followers might want to know where the starting line began.

http://hubpages.com/literature/Of-the-Shadow-and-t...


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Thanks Mike, I just tried to add link to the Hub, but I'm not seeing it. I should have done that already, I'm bad with links...:)


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Hi Mike, Thank you Maestro :) I'm still trying to catch up, looking forward to reading all... Oh, the link is there now.


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marcoujor 14 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear snakeslane,

Everyone's contribution to Genna's challenge is so unique.

This stands proudly as a stellar interpretation of man versus beast.

Love, Maria


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Thank you Mar, You are so generous with your time and praise. I ran into a wolf fairly recently one night on my street. Such a magnificent animal, much larger than any dog I've ever seen. He disappeared quietly into the twilight, didn't want nothing to do with me. But there was a run in with my neighbor's dog and we had to make an emergency run to the vet. Blood everywhere, and lots of stitches.


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Nellieanna 14 months ago from TEXAS

This poetry is surely the best yet.


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Venkatachari M 14 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Beautiful poetry.


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annart 14 months ago from SW England

Beautiful poetry indeed! It rises and falls gracefully, yet with the threat ever present. So well crafted.

Ann


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Twilight Lawns 14 months ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

If ever I see your "Name" I have to stop and inspect.

Inspect and expect.

And when I expect quality, I am never disappointed.

Lovely.

Ian

x


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BlossomSB 14 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Beautiful! it's a classic.


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MsDora 14 months ago from The Caribbean

You make it easy for the reader to see and feel. Good job!


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Dear Nellieanna, The best yet? You mean better than Shakespeare? Hahaha, but I'm assuming you mean best of my vast repertoire? Than you! (And thank Genna) miss you, Verlie


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Venkatachari M, Thank you so much. :)


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Hello Ann, You are very kind. Thank you, V


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Ian Hullo!, Thank you thank you, good to see you. muah!


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Thank you Ms B! Your lovely comment is most appreciated. :)


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

MsDora, Thank you very much! I wish it was a job...Wouldn't it be fun to get paid for poetry!? I wish, I wish, I wish...


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Nellieanna 14 months ago from TEXAS

I meant 'best', as in 'good - better - best'! ;) The superlative has no comparison or competition. It's the consummate, expressing the highest or a very high degree of a quality. Shakespeare had his consummates, you have yours.

It's just such a pleasure to visit your hub site and to enjoy your consummate work! Like Ian, if I see your name, I come running to get the treats that await!


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Nellieanna, you have the consummate ability to to make me smile! Thank you :)


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Nellieanna 14 months ago from TEXAS

That's a privilege! :)


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Shyron E Shenko 14 months ago

Snakeslane, your poem is wonderful, I enjoyed it very much.


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snakeslane 14 months ago from Canada Author

Shyron, Thank you! I'm happy you enjoyed :)


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AudreyHowitt 13 months ago from California

Oh this is really gorgeous writing!


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snakeslane 13 months ago from Canada Author

Audrey, Thank you. Genna really got something going with this challenge.

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