understanding violence

November 7th, 2018 § 0 comments

the caribou calf call out as she runs
the wolves closing in
the calf calls out
for an answer? the mother
has calculated the risk and decided
to continue on. she understands violence.

or does the calf bleat simply because she is afraid?
her small rubbery tongue reaching out
to the biting air
just as we scream
out, our pink throats, gashes
that we are afraid

i do not want the wolves to go hungry
i do not want this caribou to die
the wolves are closing in.
suffering: transferred

a friend watches with me
they say violence is simply change.

what does the calf think—
the wolf’s mouth wrapping around her back leg,
like my precious dog as she picks up a stick
to be thrown—resign? or greater fear?
does she know she is about to be eaten alive?

please, i pray to the wolf, who hears
nothing, kill her fast.
please, no more suffering.
if we must all exist at the expense of another,
if life relies on the exchange of suffering
please let there be less of it.

i am just trying to understand violence
and why it is the mother of all life.

the pack does not close in fast enough
the calf gains ground, escapes.
luck, unluck: the wolves keep their hunger,
tomorrow another calf will call out
for nothing.


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