Friday, March 21, 2014

Rooting for the sole wolf.

These resources, water, soil, verdant vistas  ought to help us get
along as Rodney King espoused
a year after he was beaten senseless in the middle of civilized LA, in plain view
on a crowded street. Are we just full of questions and expect the universe
to fold out the map of solutions?

Fear like wet leaves sticks under our city shoes
as we slowly climb a rugged path in
our impermeable clothes.

When the waterfalls come into view, one
in the West, one in the East, we feel
rewarded for taking this
outing in the Coast Range where a single
errant wolf is making its way through old groves of Port
Orford Cedars up rivers
to a mate
in this mate-arid territory where cell towers
can scope the topography
and pin-point each
resource that can impact the bottom line.

When all this is gone, waterfalls just pictures in someone's
album from a different time, when taking a walk in the woods
will become just a game we play on our mobile devices, will we be writing
fantasy stories about a fertile wolf that traveled hundreds of miles
as a new pioneer in search of his live mate under a double waterfall? 


  1. i hope that they do not go away...i would miss would be sad if we let go of these things to fill space and build another store for our convenience or clogged the waterways with our refuse...or poisoned the ground fracking away for cleaner energy....

  2. It is said, "The meek shall inherit the earth." But will there be anything left to inherit by time the un-meek are finished?

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

  3. If the answer to the last question you ask is 'yes' .. I am relieved it won't be in my lifetime. Sad that my children and grandchildren may not experience this earth as we have. Lovely write.

  4. There is a video circulating on FB about how the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone Park started an incredible rebirth of the landscape. wolves are essential to a healty ecosystem.

  5. Power to that wolf! (and his mate) My answer to your question is that I sure hope not, but we are not tending that way, are we…
    Next month we will have an evening wolf program where i work. It is sure to be popular, and I hope it plants a few conservationist seeds...

  6. I'd like to think that nature, no matter how much humankind abuses it, is way more powerful than we are and its lessons are slowly getting through to us.