August 16th, 2012


Poem: "Moonlight and Muzzles"

This poem came out of the August 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by rowyn and sponsored by the general fund.

Moonlight and Muzzles

The wolf cubs
venture out of their den
beneath the clinging roots of a fallen tree,
moonlight silver on their small muzzles.

Their mother points her nose
at the round-bellied moon
and sings a hymn
in a voice as wild as starlight.

The hunter approaches,
angling the muzzle of his gun
toward the lounging wolves,
making no more sound than a moonbeam.

The night is shattered by a swift bolt
and a sudden moon-bright cry --
the hunter crumples in his place,
the wolves flee into the woods.

An arrow of moonlight slowly dissolves.
The coroner will note the death
as a heart attack:
older male, unexpected but plausible.

A helicopter whops its way over the clearing.
Another moonlit arrow flies true.
The crash will be ruled an accident,
inexplicable, pilot error perhaps.

Artemis unstrings her crescent bow
and slinks back into the forest,
her long pale legs vanishing like moonbeams
under the deep shadows of the trees.


New in Torn World

Several of my contributions have appeared in Torn World recently ...

"A Dryland Ecosystem" tells about the major animal species in shard #65.  It has full-color illustrations for some of them, yay!

"Sea Monsters: Soldierfish" got left out of the earlier batch of sea monster articles, and is now visible.  It's an armored fish-like critter.

"Packing for the Long Haul" is a poem in which Amirel prepares for the summer gather. 

"Old Feelings, New Feelings" shows how the relationship between age-mates Tenyo and Frei evolves over time.  Tenyo is blind, having lost her eyes in a childhood accident.