The Howl of a Wolf [Poem]

In late evening,
I sit on the porch
washed purple
and grey,
criss-crossed
with fireflies
and echoing
with silence.

The howl of a wolf
splits my silence
in an instant,
rending open the sky
to let all
of the passions
of the world
pour across my head.

That lonely wailing
is jazz
to my ears,
played to an audience of one
long after last call,
when the low lights
still glow
faint-mysterious.

I feel
almost sacrilegious
bearing witness
to the world’s heart
poured forth,
but I cannot help
listening to
that heartbreaking solo
drip from
the wolf’s throat
somewhere out
in the darkness.

My heart
knows all of the notes
of this haunted ode
but as it begins
to synchronize
to that arrhythmic howling,
the howl of a second wolf
join the first
with piano key-soft tones
and a third add drums.

A spark of warmth
appears
and the wolves howls
harmonize
across an otherwise
lonely night.
I feel my howling heart steady,
comforted in knowing
I have a pack
to run with
when the night
grows long.

.

Photo by Miti on Unsplash

On DVerse this Tuesday, the challenge is to write a poem in the first person that compares some trait of ours with something animal. It should not be a whale, but another creature (mammal, fish, bird, insect, etc.) with which we have something in common. The title should be the animal thing, in the same way Marjorie Saiser chose ‘The Print the Whales Make’.

25 thoughts on “The Howl of a Wolf [Poem]

  1. This is absolutely phenomenal! I can clearly visualize you when that spark appears.. to be a wolf and to run with the wolves is no small feat. Salute. 💝💝

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  2. A superb poem, Evan! I could hear that wolf howl echoing through every line. I love the way you set the scene, the colours ‘criss-crossed with fireflies’ and the silence, set up for the sudden split with wolf howl and that you describe it as ‘jazz … played to an audience of one long after last call’. A heart-breaking solo indeed, which I will never get to hear in reality, but your poem has given me a taste for wolf jazz.

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