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Genna's Poem

Updated on September 19, 2015
Gray wolf howling
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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 Verlie Burroughs

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    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 months ago from Canada

      Hello manatita, I don't know if I can take much credit for this. It was a poetry challenge which I responded to really quickly after viewing two films that Genna gave us as prompts. So it was written fast. I'm happy you like it of course, but it wasn't something I would have written on my own.

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      manatita44 

      6 months ago from london

      Profound and succinct. You say so much!!

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 months ago from Canada

      Thank you Kari, what would we do without those blessed moments to see us through the rough stuff. I see you've been busy today checking out Genna's poetry challenge, nice...

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      Kari Poulsen 

      7 months ago from Ohio

      I liked this poem very much. This line, "In a moment of grace they retreat.", pulls at me.

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 months ago from Canada

      Morning Peg, Thank you. This would be right up your alley dog lady. It's so encouraging to get feedback.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Oh, you know I love this one. The photo and the eerie quality of the poem calls to me. This poem speaks volumes.

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

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

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      Audrey Howitt 

      2 years ago from California

      Oh this is really gorgeous writing!

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

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

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      That's a privilege! :)

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

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

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years 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!

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

      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...

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

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

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

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

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

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

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Venkatachari M, Thank you so much. :)

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

      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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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Beautiful! it's a classic.

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      Twilight Lawns 

      2 years 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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      Ann Carr 

      2 years 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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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Beautiful poetry.

    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      2 years ago from TEXAS

      This poetry is surely the best yet.

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

      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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      Maria Jordan 

      2 years 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

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

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

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

      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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      mckbirdbks 

      2 years 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.

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Of-the-Shadow-and-...

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      mckbirdbks 

      2 years 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.

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

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

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

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

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

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

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      whonunuwho 

      2 years ago from United States

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

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

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

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      Billie Kelpin 

      2 years 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).

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

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

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

      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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      drbj and sherry 

      2 years ago from south Florida

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

    • mckbirdbks profile image

      mckbirdbks 

      2 years 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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