Shadows of Grey - One of the Pack
A Poetry Challenge
Fellow hubber Genna East has issued a poetry challenge based on two wonderful videos that offer different takes on the popular man vs wolf scenario.
Genna provided the following guidelines:
"Write a poem about elements within both videos that capture your imagination. You may use any style of poetry -- Haiku, rhyme, free verse or prose -- whatever you wish. This is a blank canvass with which you can create words and imagery from wherever this visual journey takes you. The only caveat is that the poem cannot exceed eighty words in length."
Here is one of the videos. Read Genna's hub to watch the other video "The Grey" as well.
Shadows of Grey (One of the Pack)
by John Hansen © 2015
Howling cries in the night
Cut through wilderness of white.
One man lost and alone,
Thinking of his wife at home.
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Icy air invades each breath,
Nature's law is life or death.
Fleeting shadows come and go
As he battles through the snow.
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Aware of many wolfish eyes,
Stalking stealthily their prize.
Waiting for his strength to wane,
Soon they'll ease their hunger pain.
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Often man's a blinded fool,
Nature isn't always cruel.
Many shades of grey in fact,
You're really just one of the pack.
Note to Genna
Genna, thank you for setting this interesting challenge. I loved your own poem which you used as an example, and feel it will be difficult for anyone to better. I really enjoyed the videos and writing my interpretation through this poem.
My only complaint is that you set a maximum word limit of 80 and try as I might I was unable to reduce my poem to less than 86. It originally came in at 92 words and I managed to trim six off that in the end. That being said, I was quite pleased with the final poem and I hope you feel it is a worthy response.
Check Out Genna's Hub
- Of the Shadow and the Gray (A Poetry Challenge)
The origin of the challenge... I've participated in a few Hubpages challenges in the past, yet haven't had the time or opportunity to create one of my own. Nor could I think of any...that is, until I came across two videos. I was compelled to...
© 2015 John Hansen
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