Bordeaux Bay

Bordeaux Bay
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Friday, 24 October 2014

CRYING WOLF

Some people eulogise dolphins but, for me, a wolf pack’s surely one of Nature’s proudest sights. 
Sadly, wolves have suffered centuries of bad press and, in many parts of the world, have been hunted almost to extinction. 
It’s heartening to learn that much has changed in recent years and Man’s perception of this beautiful creature has become much more positive. 
If you’re interested in wolves, their conservation and wellbeing, then check out Wolf Watch UK at this link:-  http://www.wwuk.org

 I wrote this poem some time ago, reflecting as I did so, how much the fate of wolves mirrors that of feared or hated groups within the human species.

WOLF

Out of a world corrupted 
and made vile, 
beyond the stricken tree, 
the murdered mile,
past poisoned streams and over tainted snows, 
copper-eyed, the wolf goes: 
beyond recall, 
beyond arresting cry, 
into an exile’s land where shadows lie.
His paw marks, 
his very scent, 
create his fleeting monument.


2 comments:

  1. A lovely poem Richard. There was a fascinating documentary about how the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone Park caused a massive change for the better in the ecosystem as a whole. If you get the chance it is worth watching it.

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    1. I'll check it out, John. These creatures are very close to my heart though I have to settle for our canine friends on a day to day basis.

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