2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2
By: Robert Lee Brewer ~ November 2, 2016
For today’s prompt, write an animal spirit poem (or spirit animal poem). What I’m thinking is to make the title of the poem the animal and then write a poem as if you are that animal. Or look at ways you identify with that animal. Another possibility (if this is too New Age): Write a poem about an animal. Period.
WARNING ~ The poem that follows will make you feel uneasy. If you are upset by Nature “Red in Tooth and Claw” ~ Look away now!
by John Yeo
The day started clear with a thin fine mist.
I left the den in the early light.
Gambolling and chasing my fellow cubs.
Father came back with a rabbit.
We feasted well, tearing the fur and the flesh,
I got in trouble for spilling fresh blood,
All over my bushy red tail.
The rabbit’s fur blew away in the wind.
Then came the fearful sound of a horn
With hounds snarling and yelping.
Barking fiercely in the morning mist
A fearful sound that we hated.
The vixen, my mother, led us away
Father ran into the hunters.
My fearful father ran for his life,
The hounds caught his scent and gave chase.
We watched the hunters on horseback,
Following the hounds to enjoy the kill.
My exhausted father dropped to the ground
The pack tore his soul to pieces.
Tearing his fur and flesh apart,
Spilling his blood all over their fur,
My mother the vixen led us away,
With tears, that would soon be abated.
My father’s red fur blew away with the wind.
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