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Birth of the Wolves by Franz Marc

One day the wolf threw off its fur and began to walk
on its hind legs, replacing its claws with ten little fingers.
Its growl became a smile; then it became another language.
Soon the wolf was wearing clothes and going to work.
It had a name and house in the suburbs.
It married for love, but eventually that love faded.
The wolf’s children, always a burden, finally left home.
Aging, it became despondent and dangerously bored.
Endlessly restless, it would pace, or just stand at the window.
It watched the seasons changing and snow falling.
One cold morning the wolf threw off its clothes,
tearing away in a rage into the nearby forest.
And this is all we know of the wolf for certain.Poetry: All forms & styles||
That some stories never end.


About the writer:
BRUCE MCRAE, a Canadian musician, is a multiple Pushcart nominee with poems published in hundreds of magazines such as Poetry, Rattle and North American Review. The winner of the 2020 Libretto prize and author of four poetry collections and seven chapbooks, his poems have been broadcast and performed globally. His end is certain.

Image: Birth of the Wolves by Franz Marc (1880-1916). Woodcut on Japanese paper. 10 x 7.25 inches. 1913. Public domain.

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