In the Grips of a Sickness Transmitted by Wolves

                                                                         Is this the way

Up to the murderous cliff? It’s most important that I get there

And leave no witness. Ah, is this the majolica medallion

Which marks the grave of girl abducted by a stallion

Whom she gave a lump of maple sugar?

                                                                              For that was in an autumn,

The time of year when young girls get hopeless and feel like

Giving it all away, the way a matronly merchant

Might brush off her lap, at the iron end of the market day

 

-Monica Ferrell

 

image: She-wolf mosaic from the Ancient History Encyclopedia

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