Contest Finalist 4: Princess Warrior and the Wolf  – Karl Jock Linder

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Princess Warrior and the Wolf

by Karl Jock Linder (KarlitoJockhart)

Akimbo under moonlight

in the snow amid the trees

stands the Princess Warrior; 

shield abandoned; 

her sword sheathed.

———

The Wolf, 

he’s in declining orbit; circling her; 

three times her weight.

But only when it pleases her 

do her eyes track his gait.

The snow shows

his steps, only, 

for a forest thousand miles.

No outside help is coming;

though the Wolf is near, 

she smiles.

——–

Her feet spread wide; 

mouth soft; 

her hands rest gently on her hips.

I notice a

sweet melody

seems to come  

from her lips.

——-

And though his ear

keens for her humming,

and though he clearly scents her flesh – 

her bright sharp blade

is poisoned,

gives him pause

and halting dread.

——–

More dreadful, though,

the empty Dark

urges him 

closer still.

The hunger goes

a thousand miles; 

before him stands a kill.

——-

So closer in he pushes,

and so more still she stands.

His dance to her is choreographed, 

and not at his command.

——-

His muzzle reaches,

touches, 

on her heart without a twitch. 

Eternal Vast about them flexes – 

then it grows another inch.

——-

Courage flows from her breast

to the darkness of the glade,

which she would feel as empty

if not for 

this deadly mate.

——-

And now she points, and he retreats,

to start the game again;

with her standing 

and him circling,

as they have since time began.

——-

For fear of not and loneliness

they summon up each other;

touch like a husband and a wife

who are 

a sister and a brother.

——-

Almost dying, almost eating;

shedding life unto the land;

shining light from out the heart of

every woman, every man.

——

In everything,

and everywhere,

their force is all I feel.

And if I pray for more or less

it is to both I kneel.

KarlitoJockhart

Author: Sudden Denouement

A Literary Collective

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