Here’s Suzanne Burke’s “Fiction in a Flash” Challenge Week #16 Image Prompt. I was torn between this free verse poem and a tanka poem. This one narrowly won out today, but I have a feeling my tanka will make an appearance around Halloween.
CALL OF THE WILD
I hear him call me
One howl in the distance
It rolls over the frozen snow.
My reply is muted behind a barrier
I try to jump…
I try to dig…
I try to scratch…
Through the wooden prison planks.
I’m offered meals…
A small house…
A manicured lawn.
I’m cared for, yet unhappy.
My blood runs through the forest
A place where I can roam freely.
Then a bright light washes over me
The portal to heat and treats opens
I stop to mark my territory.
Holding my tail high…
I pad across the alpine tundra
And lay by the crackling fire.
Listening for the call of the wild
I drift to sleep with my favorite chew toy.
Tomorrow I will answer that call—tomorrow.
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Brilliant take on the prompt, Denise. I love this poem. Bravo 🙂
Thank you Harmony 🙂 This was a fun prompt!
I see that in dogs. Their soul is still wild. Lovely, Denise.
i think that’s what they dream about 🙂
Loved the poem, Denise. Great use of the prompt.
Thanks. John, it was a fun one:)
It looked that way for sure.
I love this contribution, Denise! ❤ Thanks so much for taking part again. I have just shared it on the Challenge site.
Thanks Soooz:) I had many ideas for this picture! I’m a fan of wolves.
I think they’re amazing creatures, Denise. I’ve been fascinated by some of the legends surrounding their species.
I love this poem, Denise. There is a bit of the wild in every dog, but I agree with the dog in this poem – I’d opt for the warm fire, meals and chew toy! Great job!
Thanks, Jan 🙂 Yes that wild comes out at times, but the comfort of a bed, treats and their human pack seems to over ride it. Xo
Very nice play on wolf vs domestic pet 🤗
Thank you. Jessica 🙂
This made me smile, Denise. What a fun transition from the wild wolf to contented dog. Beautifully done.
Thank you, Diana:) Sometimes I see the wildness in our sweet dog when she goes outside.
Aww, I’m enchanted, Denise. In many ways your poem reminded me of the spirit in Jack London’s works—some of my earliest favorite books!
Thank you Mae! That’s a huge compliment and I loved his work too. I’ve been wanting to reread The Call of the Wild:)
This poem reminds me of our collie, Saber. We think she was crossed with a coyote because of her course fur around the neck and her ability to escape. We had a fenced yard, but she always managed to get out (even when leashed!). She’d go on a tour and come back a while later, panting and grinning- quite proud of herself, lol
I loved the poem. I would prefer the freedom that the wolf has, but it might be hard to resist the treats, warm bed, fireplace, etc. as a domestic dog. Great job, Denise
Thanks, Karen. I’m a fan of wolves and their freedom and beauty, but yes, it is hard to resist the comforts of a good home, too.
Read this on Soooz’s blog. Loved it!
Thank you, Joan 🙂
This is a great poem, Denise. I can see this wolf.
Thanks, Robbie. I’m a huge fan of wolves:)
Beautiful poem, Denise! Loved it. <3
Thank you Vashti:) Hope your week is going well xo