the wolves, the love that is

chiseled by the chase

Less than a month ago, six wolves, as if conjured by the wind into Moffat County in the far and remote northwest in Colorado, have been detected by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The discovery of tracks and a wild animal carcass were followed by tests and estimates. Wolves have not been seen here for nearly ninety years. A bill to re-introduce the Grey Wolf to the state by 2025 aiming to counterbalance a long history of eradication will be heard this year. It is a challenging scenario given the rise in ranches and livestock in the area. But the emergence of these six scouts is significant. They are as a self-determined love unto the world and they will not wait for us to be ready. Poem: the wolves, the love that is follows:

the wolves, the love that is
©2020 vincent hostak

As the love long absent
from the far corner of the heart
they gather by the crossing,
the Yampa and the Little Snake.
A speckling of fur inking the canvas
as if drawn there by wind 
or birdsong.
Leaping with a love 
for their own shadows-
the only reflection
a nearly colorless season can offer.
They follow 
the blood of the landscape.
Bowing, they drink 
from small ice breaks,
carve saucers in the river
that grow to bowls 
in their steaming breath-
the hastening of heat
in the coldest region of the heart.
Untroubled snowpack for miles,
empty as a starless sky
then chiseled by the chase
of twenty-four paws-
tender tread-
the first of new constellations
waiting to be discovered
before the next snow.

Published by Vincent Hostak

Vincent Hostak, vmh, is a writer, podcaster and filmmaker. His poetry has appeared in Sonder Midwest, Tejascovido and the Langdon Review of the Arts. Vince is Executive Producer of Crossings-the Refugee Experience in America Podcast.

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