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Woman Waking In Wilderness

by Nancy Ames

"Little child, you shouldn't
grope around in the dark
that way, you might find
something that isn't friendly.

I know you can see a piece
of it - it's not moving now
but you can hear it breathing.

Someone must have finally
shut the door - last night
the moonlight and the wind
were playful and threatening
like young wolves.

Four walls and a roof make
such big magic - yesterday
the horses were here again,
watching us through the windows.

I laughed in the morning and
at noon I sang like a rock star
- at least, the children are


Posted on 04/01/2008
Copyright © 2022 Nancy Ames

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Anne Boulender on 04/01/08 at 12:15 AM

this is one of the best things ive ever read here. i wasn't expecting the rockstar at the end, what a clash of images. i like the violent gentility here.such as the young wolves. also the four walls and roof making big magic, that ties nicely to the title, just women in general wanting security, man, love, etc. etc. and getting chewed up and spit out for it.

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 04/01/08 at 03:28 AM

Wonderfully engaging with some really great twists and turns. I love that ending, too.

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